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Aeshna juncea

Aeshna juncea
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Copyright: Anne Gattlen (anel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-08-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-08-21 8:50
Viewed: 2230
Points: 40
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Common Hawker
Aeshne des joncs

Family: Aeshnidae
Habitat: Close to bogs
Distribution: Eurasia, N'America. In Europe especially in the alpine areas
Size: 65-80mm

The Common Hawker or Sedge Darner (Aeshna juncea) is one of the larger species of hawker dragonflies. The flight period is from June to early October. (Wikipedia)

I was looking for butterflies on the Moosalp ( bog-area at 2000m altitude) as sudddenly there was this dragonfly hoovering in front of me. I just took the opportunity to take a picture. My first try, not perfect, but I'm already proud to have the dragonfly on the picture :-)

Thanks so much to Samiran and Nigel Deacon (Merlin) for the right ID.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-08-21 8:52]

Salut Anne,une capture en vol de reve,je voudrais en faire une comme la tienne un jour mais c'est vraiment tres difficile! Magnifique,avec des details impressionants,un peu faibles les couleurs selon moi..belle soiree' et merci,Luciano

Hi Anne,

Whether you call it luck or expertise, this is a perfect capture of the moment.

It is more likely a male of Aeshna juncea

TFS. Regards, Ali.

what a nice capture Anne, a flying dragonfly with great sharpness, it's my dream to take such type picture, may be some day am can do it.
superb picture in all respect.
best wishes,

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2012-08-21 10:13]

Hello Anne,
Excellent photo of this flying Aeshna dragonfly, great sharpness and very fine details, TFS!

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2012-08-21 10:15]

awesome capture, .. it demands patience and skill, .., admittedly you've got both :-))

Bonjour Anne

Elle est superbe cette photo de cette insecte en vol (ou survol),
superbement focusé, excellent netteté et détails, joli bokeh du background, TFS


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  • Merlin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 267 N: 455] (1713)
  • [2012-08-21 10:41]

Anne, this is absolutely beautiful. Lovely, crisp lighting, completely sharp along the plane of the body and just enough win blur to convey movement. The smooth, complementary background sets the image off perfectly. I agree with Samiran - a male A. juncea.
Best wishes, Nigel.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2012-08-21 11:33]

Hi Anne,

Beautiful and very unusual capture of this Hawker in mid-flight. Well done!


super shot with great details
i like this moment in the ear
beauty colours to
thanks greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-08-21 11:53]

Hello Anne,
Fantastic photo of this Common Hawker in flight. Great sharpness, details and very beautiful colours. The background is gorgeous. High quality photo.

Ciao Anne, fantastic in-flight capture, beautiful blurry BG, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2012-08-21 20:06]

Hi Anne,

Beautiful inflight capture of this Sedge Darner. It is a very rare species in our province & so it is a nice treat to see it & in such a dynamic composition with full profile. Very good timing & engineering in producing such a crisp, colorful image!



Impressive in flight photo Anne! Perfect timing, good composition, nice colours and good sharpness. Interesting species too.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-08-21 23:32]

Hi Anne,
Perfect capture of flying dragonfly, very good moment
and sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

Ciao Anne. TFS this interesting specie. I never seen it. Intrigant flying capture.


Hello Anne
Very impressive capture my dear.Great timing and excellent camera settings.Wonderful colours and impressive sharpness on focus.
Thank You
Have a good day!
Best regards

Just amazing capture of a very interesting and nice colorful specie of dragonfly.....
Outstanding focus and clarity despite he is in flight....
Thanks for sharing!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-08-22 10:01]

Liebe Anne.
Diese Art von Bild nimmt überrascht mich immer. Ich frage mich , wie diese Aufnahmen gemacht werden, weil ich jedes Mal gescheitert bin beim Versuch diese zu machen.Grüße Siggi

Hello Anne,
I don't know where this guy is heading to but he has a scary and very determined expression on his face :) My apologies to other members but I think this is the best image of a dragonfly that I have seen here. Everything about this image is just fabulous! Colours, definition, illumination, background ... all of it! Amazing that you managed to catch it so exceptionally well in flight. Just BEAUTIFUL. Well done and best wishes.

Excellent capture of this dragonfly, dans mon pays est abondant dans les Pyrénées
Merci beacoup! Ferran

Hallo Anne,
für dieses tolle Bild einer fliegenden Libelle unterbreche ich doch glatt meine Pause bei TN. Im letzten Jahr habe ich Stunden damit verbracht eine fliegende Libelle gestochen scharf zu bekommen, bis mir ein Bild gelungen war. Die seitliche Perspektive erzeugt eine klasse Schärfe von Kopf bis zu den Anhängen und das trotz Blende f/5.0. Das zeigt, dass du perfekt fokussiert hast. Ich nehme einmal an du hattest Glück, dass die Libelle einen Augenblick stehen blieb und der Autofokus funktioniert hat. Solltest du aber manuell fokussiert haben, ziehe ich um so mehr den Hut für diese großartige Aufnahme.
Viele Grüße,

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