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Keeled Skimmer

Keeled Skimmer
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-08 10:52
Viewed: 3499
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Orthetrum coerulescens
Family: Libellulidae

The Keeled Skimmer is a species of European dragonfly. Females and immature males lack the black abdominal pattern. The pterostigma is orange and the thorax usually bears pale stripes. Its eyes are blue-grey. It breeds mainly in peat bogs and flies (in the UK) from June to September.
This dragonfly is quite rare, but locally common. Its typical habitat is acidic heath land, where it is often seen alongside Golden-Ringed Dragonflies. Its flight is quite skittish, with frequent hovering, and it lands often. It can fly quite a distance from water, despite its seemingly weak flight. When it perches, the wings are held forward. (Wikipedia)

Key identification features
- mature male has a pale blue abdomen which lacks a black tip.
- females are pale brown with yellow tinted wings
- thorax in both sexes with broad creamy antehumeral stripes
- pterostigma are long and yellow (From Dragonflyireland)
- a few divided cells on the wings below the pterostigma (max 3-4). If more, it is a O. brunneum.

Photo taken on Ikaria island, in Nas, in the gorge of Chalari, Natura 2000 area, rich for its flora and fauna.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-08 11:12]

Hi Catherine. This is a first class close up of the pair together. You have captured the Keeled Skimmer with sharp focusing and fine detail. Your use of the light shows the wings of so well with a sine. A good POV/DOF. All with interesting notes . Well done TFS.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-07-08 11:18]

Bonjour Catherine,
Encore une fois, une magnifique macro.
Exceptionnellement fait et présenté cette macro.
Une belle soirée,

excellent close-up of the two pretty dragonflies in "action"! :-) that is the nice thing about 400mm - you do not need
to get too near to them so that they are not disturbed. sharpness and details are fantastic as well as the pose(s).
superb job & best wishes, thor.

Hi Catherine.
Excellent captre, grat detaii and colours.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-07-08 12:44]

Hi Catherine,
Great capture,like you usual make.Color, sharpness, composition, all are perfect, for that I concern with pleasure all your realization!

Hi Catherine, An impressive macro capture of this mating pair of the keeled skimmer on a twig from an excellent POV with great details/DOF and fine composition.
TFS and cheers,

Ciao Catherine,
magnifique photo en macro de cette libellule, la netteté et les couleurs sont excellentes, splendide lumière et très jolie composition.
Merci et félicitations
Bonne soirée

Excelente foto, que macro mas bello, un momento excelente el captado por tu camara, te felicito.

Houlaaaaa, je dis bravo mam'zelle Catherine,
elle est superbe cette photo, la profondeur de champs est parfaite ( malgré l'ouverture de 6.3 ....) j'imagine qu'il y a un p'tit coup de flash la dessous non ?
Bravo aussi pour le rendu des couleurs, elle sont sublimes
Le 400 mm de chez Canon à l'air d'aller à merveille

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-07-08 17:05]

Hola Catherine.
This is beautiful Macro Photography. No doubt
one of the most that I have seen.
Rich colors, excellent pose, great light.
Taken With a 400mm lens eh?

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-07-08 23:32]

Hola amiga,
buena macro y pov,
detalles y foco magníficos.
excelente trabajo.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-07-09 1:04]

Hello Catherine,
Good soft light, sharpness. Dragonflies against smooth BG among green stalks look very impressive. I like tone colours this photo.
Regards, Pawel

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-07-09 4:23]

Hello Catherine,
A very nice capture of these beautiful dragonflies forming a wheel. Excellent focus on both and sharp details. I love their colours too that stand out against the light background. I wish we had this species in Sweden!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Bonsoir Catherine.

Très belle photographie de Orthetrum coerulescens. Très belle netteté de l'ensemble, qui fait de cette photographie, en plus de ses qualités artistiques, une vraie leçon de sciences naturelles. Belle composition du cliché, avec, en outre un très bel arrière plan aux couleurs et tonalités chaudes:cela nous permet de percevoir la température de la journée.

Merci pour ce partage.

A bientôt.


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