Throw down – Dragonflies and Damselflies

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  • #408415

    Post your dragonfly &/or damselfly images.

    Graphic Flutterer

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  • #408419

    Dorothy
    Participant

    Amazing and he’s just hanging on to the top of that stalk!  Can’t wait to see what Lynne Guenther @ebby-2  submits, her dragonflies are awesome.

    • #408701

      Lynne Guenther
      Participant

      I hope your expectations aren’t too high, I’ve already posted all my dragonfly pics (only 4), and yesterday was super windy so I didn’t get anything too great. I wish it hadn’t been so windy and I could have gotten closer to the one I’m about to post though since he had an ant in his mouth.

  • #408424

    Common Blue Tail Damselfly

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  • #408433

    P71
    Participant

    Two cracking photos , it is still a little cold here in ire but can’t wait to get a chance to have a go a taking a few shots i just hope i can get half  as much detail as you have here.

    Nice topic as well.

  • #408700

    Lynne Guenther
    Participant

    That is such a gorgeous wing pattern! Both amazing shots!!

  • #408702

    Lynne Guenther
    Participant

    I’ve already posted my 4 best but here’s one from yesterday. I wish I could’ve gotten closer and it hadn’t been so windy…would have loved to get better focus on the ant in his mouth but this is super cropped. there was way too much brush between us 🙁

    • #408724

      Dorothy
      Participant

      Lynne: No disappointment here. I love this.  Yes you could pick it apart but let’s be realistic, this is the way of nature. For wind and brush this came out great.

       

      • #408984

        Lynne Guenther
        Participant

        Thanks Dorothy. It’s just always disappointing when there’s an action opportunity, particularly macro feeding, and the environment doesn’t allow for it. Plus there’s always the nagging… Maybe if I had changed this setting faster or tried something different I “could” have nailed it.

  • #408703

    Lynne Guenther
    Participant

     

    original, not the best focus to begin with wawa…wind is not your friend in macro when your subject is holding on the swaying reeds

     

  • #408713

    Dave Watkins
    Participant

    I have one dragonfly shot. Here it is.

    • #408725

      Dorothy
      Participant

      Oh Wow Dave! That color! Those wings!  Nice!

      • #408739

        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Thanks Dorothy. I liked how the color of the dragonfly and the rust on the cattle panel kind of matched.

    • #408985

      Lynne Guenther
      Participant

      I really like the color against the grey!

  • #408737

    Robert Apple
    Moderator

    I tried to get a few shots this afternoon as the damsel flies were out in force. But between the wind, the army of birds that were there feeding on them and the only lens I had with me wide enough was a f7 prime it was a futile gesture, I need to get back out there with a faster lens and maybe get some action shots as they meet their doom in the beak of a yellow headed black bird.

    But in the mean time I found one on my phone from last year  I haven’t shared before.

     

    I need to search the archives as well for nostalgic reasons, I was thinking about it today and The second post I put in the shark tank so many years ago was a dragonfly photo that after advice given there and some edits won me a pretty crappy lens in a photo contest.

  • #408982

    Lynne Guenther
    Participant

    Beautiful image and cool stories, thanks for sharing! I definitely would be interested in some bird feeding action! I haven’t caught a feeding shot in the right light or with good composition yet.

  • #408994

    P71
    Participant

    You folks are posting some lovely work , so far i have only had the odd beetle and have been round the local reed beds and ponds but noting spotted yet , can i ask is there a BEST  time of the day for Insects.

    The wind is hard work sometimes even when you think its not windy it is when in that close.

    • #409016

      Lynne Guenther
      Participant

      Unfortunately, mid-day around here. They like it hot and humid and in the sun. I’ve had better luck around creeks vs ponds. They tend to move more near ponds in my experience.

      • #409116

        P71
        Participant

        Thank you i will take note.

      • #409186

        Robert Apple
        Moderator

        I wen back out on Sunday and got nothing but bumble bees and not a damn one of those in focus, not a dragon or damsel in sight where there were 100’s the day before, and this area has creeks, a river,half a dozen small ponds and a lake, I think I stumbled upon a hatch the day before. Haven’t seen a dragon yet this year, I’m thinking our below zero spring storms might have done some damage to some of the insect populations.

      • #409187

        Robert Apple
        Moderator

        I went back out on Sunday and got nothing but bumble bees and not a damn one of those in focus, not a dragon or damsel in sight where there were 100’s the day before, and this area has creeks, a river,half a dozen small ponds and a lake, I think I stumbled upon a hatch the day before. Haven’t seen a dragon yet this year, I’m thinking our below zero spring storms might have done some damage to some of the insect populations.

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    Yellow Banded Flutterer.

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  • #409014

    Australian Tiger

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  • #409018

    Dorothy
    Participant

    It never seizes to amaze me the variety of these beauties.  So many shapes and sizes and colors!  Fantastic shots by everyone!

  • #409261

    LeanneC
    Participant

    Great photos all and I like the throwdown, David.

    I will throw one in. I liked this one because it appeared that the damselfly was playing “peek-a-boo” with me…

    Eye See You!

  • #409354

    Seth L
    Participant

    thought Id throw my 2cents in .. lol, just got this the other day, never saw that wing pattern before

     

  • #409381

    Lynne Guenther
    Participant

    My new Favorite

    I took this with a 300mm and 2 ext tubes which is not my normal set up

     

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  • #409508

    Tersha
    Keymaster

    Such a lot of wonderful dragonflies and damselflies!
    Here’s one I took last year …

    narrow-winged damselfly

  • #409509

    Tersha
    Keymaster

    and one from a couple of years back …

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  • #409513

    Lynne Guenther
    Participant

    EVERYONE’S IMAGES ARE GREAT!!!

    Another from yesterday

  • #410004

    Dorothy
    Participant

    never thought i would be able to capture a dragonfly and i should have realized the truth in “never say never”, today if give you the coolest dragonfly ever. :-0

    Lego Dragonfly

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  • #410032

    Tobie
    Moderator

    Nice specimens above!

    This one had been around before. I was bored in a bird hide one day and thought I’d try to snap one of these guys in mid-air.

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    • #411331

      Dorothy
      Participant

      Hi Tobie: Wow, sometimes it doesn’t hurt to be bored. Great capture!

  • #411329

    Dorothy
    Participant

    my first damselflyJust walking in a new park in the neighborhood and this guy kept flying around me. he landed on the walkway and waited for me to take his picture. such a cool looking insect. wanted to share, he is a beautiful blue and has a cool looking head. should open in a new tab to be able to enlarge and see up close.

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