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What they are doing?

What they are doing?
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Copyright: Francisco Mello (Mello) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 105 F2.8 Macro.
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Metallic wonders of nature 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-04 11:55
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
New Year = Old photos
Not exactly old photos but last year photos. Actualy you will see a lot of them because I took so many pics in my short vacation in Dourados/Mato Grosso do Sul in the end of the last year.

What they exactly are doing?
I'm not an expert, but maybe you know. Only mating?
Firtly it was a couple and one of them was putting eggs inside of water, then suddenly one more visitor get together and in the last one, one of them continue under the water...
So...What they exactly are doing?

About the shots:
The same for all: f/8, 1/500s and ISO400.
It took me 2 minutes between the 1th and 3th shot

I hope you all enjoy this first one in 2010!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-04 12:03]

Hi Francisco . Well i am no expert but it must be to do with laying egs.I would think. !!What ever you were able to take a set a fine picture with good detail and bright colours. well taken TFS.

Hello Francisco!
Very nice pictures :) And here you have a few words of explanations - what they are doing :)
These are pairs - male above, female below. Its is just after mating and copulation. Your pictures present a female laying her eggs under the water level (on aquatic vegetation). Male is staing with female to protect her among other males. He is doing that to be sure that no other male will copulate with his female :)
All the best from Poland!

Ciao Francisco, fantastic kamasutra by lovely damselfies, I never see those pose for this specie, great trio of paparazzi shoot with fascinating reflections, fine details, splendid natural colors and excellent sharpness, I like a lot, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2010-01-04 13:04]

Hello Francisco,
you present us beautiful picture series of the damselfly couple including the
fine mirror effect of the water surface. Really, a very attractive kind of 'Triptychon'.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-04 13:23]

Hello Francisco,
A wonderful triptych. Beautiful colours with great reflections and plain FG and BG. Excellent sharpness. Nice compositions and POV.

ciao Francisco!
interesting sequence of eggs laying, the female must dive below the water's edge to ensure the eggs a support, while the male always hooked ,is careful against possible aggressors(as in the second step)

buona serata sERGIO

Haha:) superb collage of these mating pairs of a beautiful damselfly sepecies MF Francisco. Extremely succesful "action" shots indeed. As i seen our Entomologist friend Radek wrote the required explanation on what are they doing:)))
I must say these shots are really great, not only showing the perfect details but also the interaction between the two damselfies. Sharpness, focus and composition are just great.
TFS and have a nice night mF!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-01-04 14:38]

Hi Francisco,i don't know if i inspired you,but i made the same this summer...and my pics was choose for the first page of the calendar 2010 of my city!!!Obviously i like a lot this pic and these reflections..and i know how isn't easy to take so perfectly a pic like that.My best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO.

Olá Francisco,

Por Deus! Eu não entendo! mas parece ter lido o Kamasutra para libélulas ja ... ja ... excelente e curiosa seqüência amigo Francisco, trabalho muito bom!


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-01-04 15:37]

Very fine series of images, well captured, showing the mating and egg depositing of this lovely damselflies. Yes, the reflections on the water are stunning. tfs.

Hallo Francisco
Yes, what on earth are they doing? But whatever they are up to, you have captured it with great clarity and detail. This three in one image is very special as each individual image has beautiful qualities to appreciate. The metallic colours of the damselflies bodies and the bright colour of the plant in the water is really striking and well in contrast with one another. The reflection in the water is sharp and seen with great clarity. Very impressive and fascinating images of this damselflies motion and action mode taken in a record of 2 minutes. With the explanation given by Radomir, it makes this image even more captivating. Nature is indeed wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Kind regards and all the best for 2010.

amazing captures, TFS Ori

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-04 22:58]

Hi Francisco,
Very nice captures.Each frame is well caught and composed.Excellent collage!
Thanks for posting..

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-01-05 12:00]

Hello Francisco MF.

I agree with Radomir. There are a few species while during mating the females are pushed under water as to see in your picture. It does not harm them but protect them for attacking other males during mating.
You show us a great overview of this proces with a great quality.
Thenk you for sharing it MF.

Gr. Hans

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-01-08 11:42]

Hello Francisco,
A very beautiful triptych showing this eye-legging female under the male's surveillance. Lovely colors and beautiful reflections in the water. Amazing scene, which I have already seen too.
A very good idea this assemblage!
Kind regards

Dear Francisco,
So nice work.
Vivid colours with excellent details.

Best wishes


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