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Incurvate Emerald in flight

Incurvate Emerald in flight
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Copyright: Denis Doucet (Sawwhet) Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 92] (409)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 50, sigma 70-300 apo macro
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-21 16:24
Viewed: 2688
Points: 12
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Incurvate Emerald, Cordulie incurvée
(Somatochlora incurvata)

Adult size: 50-59 mm

Habitat: A bog/fen species. Its preferred habitat is a relatively large sedge or grassy meadow on a sphagnum mat that is interspersed with small pools.

Flight period: In the Canadian Maritimes, emerges in late June and flies to mid-October (dates June 23rd PE- October 15th NS)

ID hints: A large, slender-looking Emerald with metallic green thorax patches surrounding yellow spots that obscure with age, as well as yellow abdominal spots that gradually darken and become indistinct, normally from segments 4 to 8. The male’s upper claspers are elongate, relatively thick, knife-shaped in profile and curve abruptly DOWN at the very tip. The female's yellowish, scoop-shaped ovipositor is rather long, just about reaching the end of segment 10.

General Nature Notes: Rare across much of its range, this species can be locally common in the Maritimes. When present, this species readily joins swarms of Emeralds and Darners and can be the most abundant Emerald in such circumstances. In Kouchibouguac National Park, it is the number one swarming species (even outnumbering Darners: genus Aeshna) in early July most years. In such cases, on warm evenings it can feed until well after dark. This is the last species of Emerald persisting on the wing in Maritime Canada, generally lasting until early to mid-October most years.

About the image: This is one of my very first dragonfly flight shots. I have found that it is virtually impossible for the camera to autofocus, so manual is the way to go. This is a challenge and part of the fun. While this Emerald does move around quite a lot, this particular individual hovered for one to three seconds all around me every 30 seconds or so for about 20 minutes, giving me the chance to take over a hundred images. I do believe he was checking me out while hanging around and hoping for a female to show up. Half a dozen images turned out that day, giving me a really different set of images of this rather rare species.

The image was cropped, sharpened, slight reduced noise and received auto-contrast and auto-colour in Photoshop CS2. Any other suggestions?

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2011-10-21 22:18]

nicely timely shot with good sharpness. tfs.

Ciao Denis, great macro of beautiful dragonfly in fantastic fly, lovely lighting BG, wonderful natural colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-10-22 1:01]

Timing is perfect to capture this beauty on flight, lovely image. tfs.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-10-22 1:20]

Hello Denis,
this is an excellent picture. Great colours, lighting, excellent sharpness and great details. This is a very nice composition. Well done. Thank you for posting.Best regards Siggi

Hello Denis,
Another superb capture with wonderful sharpness and perfect focus.
Very difficult to catch such a insect in flight.
Incredible sharp details.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-10-22 6:47]

Hello Denis,
Excellent photo in beautiful colours and great sharpness. The background is very beautiful too. Perfect timiing.

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