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Autumn Meadowhawk

Autumn Meadowhawk
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Copyright: Denis Doucet (Sawwhet) Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 92] (409)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300s, Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4 ED+Nikon TC14EII
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-10-17 17:13
Viewed: 2722
Points: 4
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Autumn Meadowhawk, Sympétrum tardif
(Sympetrum vicinum)

Adult Size: 26-35 mm

Habitat: This species is associated with lakes, slow streams, bogs, usually permanent ponds (occasionally temporary) and marshes. It can be found a considerable distance from water.

Typical flight period: from early July to mid-November

ID hints: A slender and relatively pale Meadowhawk. It is the only species of Meadowhawk in northeastern North America with pale legs (yellow when young to golden-brown when older). It also has less black markings on the abdomen than the other species. All other species have black legs, except the Saffron-winged, which has black with yellow to red stripes and somewhat less black on the abdomen as well.

General Nature Notes, Quotes and Anecdotes: The Autumn Meadowhawk (Sympetrum vicinum) is usually the last species of dragonfly on the wing in this region each year. It may still be "out there" until the middle of November (!), if the temperature has not dipped below -8 C or so. Along with the Shadow Darner and Lake Darner, this is one of the few species that will feed in temperatures hovering around 10 C. When the temperatures are lower, they apparently tend to start perched on the ground, then gradually perch higher and higher, moving onto leaves and twigs as the temperature increases.

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To tuslaw: Thank you Ron,Sawwhet 1 10-18 15:12
To maaciejka: Thank you Maciek,Sawwhet 1 10-18 14:58
To mwmod99: George, this is remarkable!Sawwhet 2 10-18 02:41
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beautiful shot dear Denis, quite clean and simple. However I feel that the white balance has been ignored, Big time here. Check your white balance with more care before you take the shot or shoot in RAW, then correcting the mistakes can be an easy job with the RAW converting software. In my workshop I am presenting you a version where I've tried to fix the original image and release it from the heavy yellow cast. Hope you like it Denis!

Sorry Denis I have reached my workshop limits for the day, but I will post the workshop shortly ;)
George Veltchev

Hi Denis,
interesting photo of this dragonfly. Nice vivid colours. Sharpness is not perfect but who is perfect?
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Denis,
I love red colored dragonflies, so this one immediately captured my attention. I really like the composition showing it perched on a diagonal branch.
Seems a little soft on focus and white balance may be off a tad. I did a WS and tried auto color, but it didn't seem to change much. Actually it might have made it worse. See what you think.

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