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Mating Migrant Hawkers

Mating Migrant Hawkers
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): libellules demoiselle/dragonfly damselfly, AnimalExplorer Favorites 2nd folder, comportement printanier [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-08 2:05
Viewed: 3516
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) is with its length of 63 mm one of the smaller species of hawker dragonflies. The species prefers still or slow-flowing water and can tolerate brackish sites. The flight period is from July to the end of October. They can be found in North Africa, southern and central Europe to the Baltic region.

In the United Kingdom this insect was rare until the 1940's when it began migrating from the continent in large numbers. It continues to do so and is now a resident breeding species throughout England and Wales. It reached the Isle of Man in 1998 and Eire in 2000.

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Wow, excellent shot :)
Amazing sharpness and details.
Nice colors and good composition.

Very well done & TFS

Hi Joe
Perfect shot. Fantastic composition, perfect sharpnes, nice natural colors and great homogenous buckground
Best wishes

salut joey
juste exceptionnelle,lorsque j'ai pris ma photo de la même espece j'etais deja heureux,mais alors là j'imagine que tu dois etre fier de l'avoir faite.
elle est superbe.

Hi Joe,

What a great capture. Wonderful colors. Amazing sharpness. POV and BG are perfect. A good compo. Regards and TFS Bob

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-09-08 3:30]

Hi Joe,

An excellent capture of this acrobatic couple,well seen and captured with good colors and detail,wll done and tfs


selam , excellent shot and very good composition of this dragonflies mate.nice pov and bg with splendid colours.good details presented
Well done my friend!
Regards ridvan

Hi Joe,

A good POV of the migrant hawkers, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


Wonderful vertical comp. Great colors and details. Crisp and clean focus. Wonderfully done.

Brilliant work, Joe.
I love the colours on these mating dragonflies. The composition is also exquisite.
Well done and TFS.

Morning Joe,
Wow, this is an excellent image..You do good work!
I don't think it could be better..
Perfect job here. (perhaps a black border to set it off) ;}

  • gerhardt Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
  • [2007-09-08 7:37]

Hi Joe,

I can only second what Howard already said about this photo. Excellent!! No nits here just a pleasure to look at this quality macro shot.

Very well done.

Way good Joey. The times they are a changin'.. and so is your technique. Or was that a newer camera? I forget. Whatever it was, a fine close up.

Fine Dragonfly image Joe.
great color,POV, DOF, and focus.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-09-08 13:12]

Wow Joe excellent shot! Perfect sharpness, DOF, POV and colours. I like the lot. Great subject as well. Really wonderful work



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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-08 14:01]

Hi Joe. This is an excellent shot. well done that man. a very good POV. showing good detail and fine colours. with sharp focusing. you have captured the markings so well. very well done TFS.
have a good sunday..

Hi Joe,
This is a superb capture,technically perfect in every aspect.
Exposure,details and colour are all great.
I don't know why I couldn't get my S3IS to perform this well ... I guess I was just so used to the Lumix and was unfamiliar with its characteristics.
You seem to do great things with it though.
Your shots are getting better and better.
Great work!
Keep it up.

Hi Joe,
A magnificent capture of these migrant hawkers mating. Lovely colors, composition and details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Joe,
WOW!! Double WOW!! Excellent color, contrast, exposure, focus, etc. Very well captured. Thanks for sharing.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-09-09 1:52]

Hi Joe,
well this is one YOUR best i think! Spuerb detail and colour..the clarity and sharpness of focus are excllent, as is the composition. All the important elements came together for this shot. A high standard, keep it up.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-09-09 2:51]

Hi Joe

Greetings from Singapore!

A wonderfully observed shot. Great detail and exposure combines with an excellent POV.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-09-09 5:33]

Hi Joe,
Wow, it's such a beautiful photo... Focus, sharpness, clarity, POV, composition and pose you captured are very good. Bravo and TFS
Best wishes,

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-09 7:38]

Stunning sharpness, fabulous colours and details and truly outstanding composition. Joe -- it is obvious that I am not alone and 30,000 Frenchmen (oops, make that photographers) can't be wrong

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-09-09 9:42]

Hi Joe, Absolute shot. Wonderful and superb. Great man Ganesh

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-09-09 12:05]

Hey Joey

A simply marvelous job!!!
You said you were a little anvious on my new equipment...i'm gelous on this beautiful ocassion you had the the excellent outcome it produced.

Splendid sharpness and DOF here, with amazing colors and composed very well, too.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Joey,
Couldn't really get any cleaner than this, the focus is tack sharp and the colors are vivid and inviting on this wonderful capture. Nicely done. Heck I'm even gonna put it in my Favorites 2nd folder, ran out of room in the 1st. ;)

Very, very lovely capture of this couple.
Precise focus and DOF makes details terrific.
Great light and colours for this beautiful composition.
Great work!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-09-10 7:15]

Hello Joe,
I don't know why I missed this one but it is a superb capture of a pair of mating A. mixta. Technically first class with good lighting, colours, blue sky BG and excellent composition.
Well done and TFS!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-11 5:19]

Hello JOe,
Brilliant capture of this pair from a fine POV. Impressive sharp details and fine natural colours. The light is beautiful and the plain background fits perfectly. Very well composed!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-09-12 18:57]

hi joey
this is a difficult subject but here you manage well all parameters. Excellent DOF and sharpness with an good POV. I like colors ans light witch give hight intensity.


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-09-13 13:01]

Hi Joe,
Outstanding pov, details, sharpness and colours. Interesting note: I couldn't image such a modern evolution in dragonflies habitat.
TFS, José M.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-09-14 11:31]

Hello Joe,
There are a lot of mating Dragon-flies on TN. But this is an amazing photo. Perfect sharpness, colours, POV and BG. Fantastic composition. This is high-quality!

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