Last dragonflies of the year.


Tyr

Link Posted 27/10/2018 - 14:43
I visited family down South and there was a local wildlife pond that was still attracting some Common Darters and the occasional Southern Hawker. Got some interesting shots, here are the best.

Inquisitive head tilt:

003 by Daniel Perlak, on Flickr

Devouring prey, note the flies head.

023 by Daniel Perlak, on Flickr

A portrait:

025 by Daniel Perlak, on Flickr

Pair in cop with a 2nd male trying to separate the two by biting them and stealing the female away.

027 by Daniel Perlak, on Flickr

Southern Hawker patrolling the pond:

036 by Daniel Perlak, on Flickr
Regards,
Dan

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LennyBloke

Link Posted 27/10/2018 - 15:00
Great set again Daniel - love the soft colours of the first one in particular, I assume the first few are with a macro lens and not the 300?
LennyBloke

08tiger

Link Posted 27/10/2018 - 23:02
Great set
C&C welcome.
Don.

Tyr

Link Posted 28/10/2018 - 04:46
LennyBloke wrote:
Great set again Daniel - love the soft colours of the first one in particular, I assume the first few are with a macro lens and not the 300?

The close ups are with the DFA100 WR and HD-DA 1.4x TC. The metadata is available on the Flickr pages for each photo. Flight photo was definitely DA*300 and HD-DA 1.4x TC.

08tiger wrote:
Great set

Thanks.

Now have to find new subjects during the cold months.
Regards,
Dan

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davidwozhere

Link Posted 31/10/2018 - 00:51
Devouring prey is an excellent capture!
Both the *istDS and the K5 are incurably addicted to old glass

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davidstorm

Link Posted 31/10/2018 - 18:43
Great images, very well done.

Regards
David
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derek897

Link Posted 31/10/2018 - 18:54
I think I saw two dragonflies this year, both were on the opposite side of the river,
Well captured.
Great shots and kudos for your ability to get the shots too.
I know what i like, If not always why.

pschlute

Link Posted 01/11/2018 - 03:43
Fascinating detail
Peter



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Tyr

Link Posted 01/11/2018 - 13:57
davidwozhere wrote:
Devouring prey is an excellent capture!

I was taking photos of that very dragonfly, very close up. It flew up in their suddenly. I though "bugger, I spooked it" when just as quickly it landed back in almost exactly the same spot.

I then noticed something drop from it's mandibles through the lens. It was the head of a fly it was eating! It had gotten peckish, seen a passing fly, jumped up, intercepted it and landed back on it's perch to devour it in the space of about 3 seconds! They are quite impressive hunters.

derek897 wrote:
I think I saw two dragonflies this year, both were on the opposite side of the river,
Well captured.
Great shots and kudos for your ability to get the shots too.

JUst need to know where to look. Different species have different preferences of water to breed in. Some need still ponds, others need flowing water, acidic moorland, alkali lowlands...

Time of year and weather is also very important. They don't fly unless it is dry and relatively warm.



Thanks for all the comments. I think next year's project will be collecting photos of males and females of as many species as I can. If I can get them in flight, hunting and in cop as well I'll be very pleased.

I got a couple of videos this year so I'll see if I can get some more footage next year too. Might put together a short nature 'film' of dragonflies. It has been many years since I've done any video work.
Regards,
Dan

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