Dragonflies and Damselflies

Maximilian

The dark side - I've been there
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One of the last pics of skimmers this year. Their season typically ends by mid August.

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tron

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I agree with Click. Alan the second one is fantastic!
 
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AlanF

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My first willow emerald this year.

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They are becoming more common because of global warming. I got one this week where I took about 100 shots to get just the right angle for top and bottom to be in focus. It's an incredibly long male. I think yours is a female. 309A3212-DxO_willow_emerald_damselfly.jpg
 
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Maximilian

The dark side - I've been there
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It's an incredibly long male. I think yours is a female.
Correct!
The males like yours have these cerci and paraprocte formed like grippers to hold the females.
The females have that thicker abdomen end segments and ovipositor, that you can see quite well at my pic.
But a little bit long distance for our two willow emeralds to try matchmaking ;)
 
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Maximilian

The dark side - I've been there
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My first migrant hawker (aeshna mixta) DIF pics.
They used to hover quite a long time, so I could choose longer exposure times for blurry wings.
Taken@ 560mm, 1/500, f/16, ISO1250

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Nemorino

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Another one with the Laowa 15mm UWA macro and the R5:
1/500s, Iso800, about f/8
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And one with a Sigma 70-200 & 2xTC @ 353mm, 1/2000s, Iso 1250, f/8
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Great fun to use such different techniques at one day: full manual and high end tracking!
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AlanF

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Managed to get a male Brown Hawker flying towards me today. These guys are fast and don't hover (for me). R5 100-500mm.

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