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Southern Hawker

Southern Hawker
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-10
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-10-10 10:18
Viewed: 1776
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Southern Hawker or Blue Darner (Aeshna cyanea) is a 70 millimetres (2.8 in) long species of hawker dragonfly.

It is large, with a long body. It has green markings on the black bodies, and the male also has blue spots on the abdomen.

The Southern Hawker breeds in still or slow-flowing water, but will wander widely, and is often seen in gardens and open woodland. This is an inquisitive species and will approach people.

The adult eats various insects, caught on the wing. The nymphs feed on aquatic insects, tadpoles and small fish ambushed in the pond they frequent until they emerge as adults in July and August after three years’ development.
This is a large, brightly coloured Dragonfly. The males are often seen patrolling by a ponds edge or river, where they fight away intruders, crashing into rival males and spiralling through the air. The females are quite inconspicuous when they lay their eggs, but they sometimes give away their spot by clattering up from the reeds. If you look carefully you can sometimes find them ovipositing (laying eggs) into some moss, reeds or rotten wood. The males are sometimes very curious and come flying up to you, allowing a close view.
The eggs are laid by jabbing the abdomen into rotting vegetation or wood. The eggs hatch in the spring, after being laid in the previous summer or autumn. The larvae live on small tadpoles and invertebrates. They emerge after 2–3 years.(Wikipedia)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-10-10 10:31]

Hello Siggi,
Fascinating macro in excellent sharpness and very beautiful colours. Nice DOF and taken from an interesting frontal POV.

Hello Siggi,
Yes, this is a perfect macro with excellent sharpness and good POV,TFS and my regards,_Joy.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-10-10 11:24]

Hi Siggi,beautiful face to face! Not easy an excellent work like this,i like the eyes colors like an abstract peinture,very impressives details too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Siggi, fantastic portrait with amazing details, excellent sharpness, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Siggi,
Beautiful macro, excellent sharpness, great POV
Hello Vanni

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-10-10 14:11]

A grat close up. Great detail, color and sharpness. Good macro to study the little details of its face. Congratulation.

hello Siegfried,
very interesting composition. sharpness, colour and tone is very perfect.
best wishes,

Czesc Siggi,
super makro. Jakie spojrzenie w oczy tego stworzenia! Swietna ostrosc i kompozycja. Niesamowite!
Udanego dnia,

Hello Siggi.
Excellent photo of this Aeshna cyanea,great sharp details,very fine colors and compozition.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2012-10-11 0:49]

Hello Siggi,
Excellent portrait of this Dragonfly, great sharpness, colorful details, thanks for sharing!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2012-10-11 5:04]

Hello Siegfried
Wow this is what I call macro perfect POV and razor sharp image.Amasing details with great colors , excellent light also.Question what kind of lens did you used ?
TFS Michel

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-10-11 6:50]

Every body who has got a macro lens dream..the dragonfly's compound eyes..well captured. tfs.

Hello Siggi,
An excellent macro with beautiful colors, fine details & composition. Well done & presented with a great POV. Great work & TFS.


Ciao Siegfried. Impressive details and sharp in the great portrait. Wonderful colours MF.


hello Siegfried
super macro with good details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Great macro Siggi! Interesting composition, fantastic colours and impressive sharpness!

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