Dragonflies and Damselflies

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Here's a 1 second burst from the R5+100-500mm of an Emperor Dragonfly flying (21 frames).

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HenryL

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A few from this weekend. Turns out an app I've been trying out for identifying birds (Seek) also works for dragonflies. :)

Bar-winged skimmer
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Needham's Skimmer
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Nice pictures, HenryL.
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For those who always thought about what a dragonfly does with its landing gear at cruising level here is something for you.
Hint 1: the forelegs are behind the eyes ;)
Hint 2: Their legs are specialized for catching prey. They can form a catching cage. They are not really made for walking.
A green-eyed hawker, by the way.

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In answer to the question can the R5 do Banded Demoiselles in flight (slowed down about 10x). The limiting factor is me, not the AF. Banded_Demoisellle_flying.gif
 
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AlanF

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A few stills of Banded Demoiselles (R5/100-500mm). The R5 seems to AF well for these.

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Female Common Blue Damselfly at 2.4m. Top = R5 + 100-500mm @ 500mm, magnified 2x in Topaz Gigapixel. Bottom + RF 2x @ 1000mm.

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Male Common Blue Damselfly @3.3m and R5 with 1000mm. He seems to be looking at me, and it's the first time I think I have seem the hairs resolved using my gear.

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A pair of azure damselflies in a mating flight. Pretty close so more DOF was not possible.

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A mating wheel from yesterday:


It took a few tries to get the angle right without spooking the damselflies, the first scare made them fly to a better spot, so that actually worked out :)
 
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This isn't the best shot from the sequence, but this one has the reflection of the dragonfly in the canal!



A more in-focus shot from that sequence:

 
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AlanF

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This isn't the best shot from the sequence, but this one has the reflection of the dragonfly in the canal!



A more in-focus shot from that sequence:

Nice shots! Was it ovipositing? The pose and height look like it.
 

koenkooi

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Nice shots! Was it ovipositing? The pose and height look like it.
It was doing this in between flights:


During shooting I was thinking "I need to look up how they lay their eggs, this sure looks like it!" :)
 
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