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Southern Hawker

Southern Hawker
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Copyright: Sion Roberts (irishprophet25) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 115 W: 21 N: 280] (1118)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Tamron AF70-300MM F/4-5.6 LD Macro
Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-31 7:18
Viewed: 3608
Points: 6
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Hi everyone,
More macro photography from me today. I went to Pensychnant in the Sychnant pass today after hearing reports of lots of butterflies attracted to the garden. I didn't expect to see this huge Southern hawker to start flying around the garden. I waited until it had landed and then got some photos. I hope you like it.


From Wikipedia:

The Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea), known as the Blue Darner in the Western Hemisphere, is a 70 mm long species of hawker dragonfly.
It is large, with a long body. It has green markings on the black bodies, and the male also has blue spots on the abdomen.
The Southern Hawker breeds in still or slow-flowing water, but will wander widely, and is often seen in gardens and open woodland. This is an inquisitive species and will approach people.
The adult eats various insects, caught on the wing. The nymphs feed on aquatic insects, tadpoles and small fish ambushed in the pond they frequent until they emerge as adults in July and August after three years’ development.

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Ciao Sion, wonderful portrait of beautiful dragonfly with fantastic details, lovely natural ambientation and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Sion friend,
Certainly you may be young, but you can not deny that knows very well how to handle a camera! ... WOW! Great photo! great atmosphere, awesome cut and a perfect light. Congratulations!
TFS, Regards, Jesús

Hi Sion,

Stunning portrait macro capture of this colourfull d-fly from an effective POV with great focus and exposure.
TFS and have a nice night and Sunday MF!


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