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Grey Flatwing

Grey Flatwing
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Invertebrates & Fungi of the Sydney region., Australian Damselflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-15 6:47
Viewed: 3387
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here is another instalment in my series on a group of Australian damselflies known as flatwings. Their common name comes from the obvious fact that they hold their wings flat like dragonflies and not folded over their back like true damselflies. Most flatwing species seem to prefer living along streams and boggy areas with dense vegetation, which can make photographing them a challenge.

This one is a male Grey Flatwing (Griseargiolestes grisceus), a species that is restricted in distribution to the great Sydney basin, an area of around 300km long and 80km wide on the southern New South Wales coast. The species inhabits boggy seepages in upland heaths, and I was very happy to find this quite cooperative male. They have a wingspan of only 40mm. This one was taken in Budderoo National Park.

Thanks for looking.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-03-15 7:30]

Delicate little creature isn't it. Very sharp with a fantastic POV. Maybe a little brighter.
TFS Joey

Hello Chris,
Nice shot. Well shown how this damsel holds wings at rest. Great composition, exposure, and sharpness. TFS and regards,

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