Dragonflies and Damselflies

Maximilian

The dark side - I've been there
CR Pro
Nov 7, 2013
4,086
4,585
Germany
Some more goblet-marked damselfly (erythromma lindenii) in flight and sitting.

goblet_damsel_2022_02.JPG goblet_damsel_2022_03.JPG goblet_damsel_2022_04.JPG goblet_damsel_2022_05.JPG goblet_damsel_2022_06.JPG
 
  • Like
Reactions: 3 users

Maximilian

The dark side - I've been there
CR Pro
Nov 7, 2013
4,086
4,585
Germany
You can find common winter damselflies even in summer and at 35° C ;)
But it is very tricky to find that brown and coppery insect in the dried out plants.
The good camo is the reason why they were considered threatened - not enough found :ROFLMAO:
Luckily they aren't.

winter_damselfly_2022_06.JPG
 
  • Like
Reactions: 4 users

Click

I post too Much on Here!!
Jul 29, 2012
15,795
4,635
Canada
On the first series, I really like the blue on the dark background. Nicely done, Maximilian.
 

Maximilian

The dark side - I've been there
CR Pro
Nov 7, 2013
4,086
4,585
Germany
I found the downy emerald with the dent again :D
In the first pic you can see the dent in the abdomen even better now...

downy_emerald_2022_DIF06.JPG downy_emerald_2022_DIF07.JPG downy_emerald_2022_DIF08.JPG downy_emerald_2022_DIF09.JPG
 
  • Like
Reactions: 4 users

AlanF

Stay at home
CR Pro
Aug 16, 2012
10,126
16,197
Yesterday, I posted shots taken at 80m away of a Southern Hawker Dragonfly in the beak of a Bee-eater (R7/800mm). By the greatest coincidence, at breakfast back home this morning, an absolute monster of a Southern Hawker flew into our kitchen and I had the R5+100-500 at hand. Here's first a crop of the bird and today's close-ups.

3R3A7499-DxO_Beeeater+southern_hawker_dragonfly_800mm_80m-ls-sh-v_crop-2_00x.jpg Southern_Hawker_Dragonfly-ls-sm_inKitchen_crop.jpg 309A5765-DxO_Southern_Hawker_Dragonfly_in_kitchen_1-ls-sh_crop.jpg
 
  • Like
  • Love
Reactions: 6 users

Maximilian

The dark side - I've been there
CR Pro
Nov 7, 2013
4,086
4,585
Germany
Yesterday, I posted shots taken at 80m away of a Southern Hawker Dragonfly in the beak of a Bee-eater (R7/800mm). By the greatest coincidence, at breakfast back home this morning, an absolute monster of a Southern Hawker flew into our kitchen and I had the R5+100-500 at hand. Here's first a crop of the bird and today's close-ups.
Great shots, Alan.
I've seen several of those at my local ponds. But they never rested or hovered or came back. So not even a chance to aim at them.
Seems they were just short time visitors.
I've read that the male southern hawkers (yours in the kitchen seem to be a female) are one of the most curious dragonflies.
Maybe the female are, too. And it was looking for your breakfast...? :unsure: :ROFLMAO:
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 user

Maximilian

The dark side - I've been there
CR Pro
Nov 7, 2013
4,086
4,585
Germany
Here is a male banded demoiselle spreading his wings and showing his typical territorial behaviour against other males.

banded_2022_06.JPG banded_2022_07.JPG banded_2022_08.JPG banded_2022_09.JPG
 
  • Like
Reactions: 6 users

koenkooi

EOS 5D Mark IV
CR Pro
Feb 25, 2015
2,206
2,264
A dragonfly landed in our garden and was relaxed enough to get photographed up close with the RF100L + MT14EX:
20220811 1435 49 Nederland Amersfoort - Canon EOS R5 - RF100mm F2.8 L MACRO IS USM at 100 mm ...jpeg 20220811 1432 37 Nederland Amersfoort - Canon EOS R5 - RF100mm F2.8 L MACRO IS USM at 100 mm ...jpeg 20220811 1430 03 Nederland Amersfoort - Canon EOS R5 - RF100mm F2.8 L MACRO IS USM at 100 mm ...jpeg

I did have to stand on a chair to get to eye level :) The black background is the wall of the neighbours house, built from black bricks. I think the blue sky would've been nicer, but this works as well.
 
  • Like
Reactions: 8 users

Maximilian

The dark side - I've been there
CR Pro
Nov 7, 2013
4,086
4,585
Germany
A dragonfly landed in our garden and was relaxed enough to get photographed up close with the RF100L + MT14EX:

I did have to stand on a chair to get to eye level :) The black background is the wall of the neighbours house, built from black bricks. I think the blue sky would've been nicer, but this works as well.
Really nice, @koenkooi.
Interesting that it landed on that Velcro fastener. Wouldn't have expected that.
IMO the Black BG looks really fine. Gives the colours of the dragonfly more glow.

Interesting that it takes the sun pointer position, which I read about and firs recognized only this year.
 

Nemorino

EOS R5
Aug 29, 2020
430
1,194
Focus stack of 85 pictues taken with the R5 and RF100 @ f/7.1 and Iso 320
First uncropped second detail 1:1
2022-07-23 19-14-53 (B,Radius8,Smoothing4)-2.jpg 2022-07-23 19-14-53 (B,Radius8,Smoothing4).jpg
 
  • Like
  • Love
Reactions: 8 users

koenkooi

EOS 5D Mark IV
CR Pro
Feb 25, 2015
2,206
2,264
Really nice, @koenkooi.
Interesting that it landed on that Velcro fastener. Wouldn't have expected that.
IMO the Black BG looks really fine. Gives the colours of the dragonfly more glow.

Interesting that it takes the sun pointer position, which I read about and firs recognized only this year.
I learned about the pose from your post in this thread :)
 

ISv

"The equipment that matters, is you"
CR Pro
Apr 30, 2017
1,829
4,916
More exercise for DIF - this time with the 500mm prime. On the second photo the brown spot left of the dragons was a duck. They pass safely around that duck but later descended sharply (and I lost them). I looked above the camera just to see next duck snapping them (and I hear the sound!!!). No time to react otherwise it could be (eventually) interesting photo. I think they descended to the water for ovisporing - I noticed them doing it around fallen leafs moments before the action.

DSC_6950_DxO.jpg DSC_6961_DxO.jpg DSC_6966_DxO.jpg
 
  • Like
Reactions: 8 users