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Good Morning All...

Firstly I would like to thank you all for you wonderful comments votes, and User Awards following yesterdays upload. I thank Caziwinkles (Carol), DicsPics (Richard), Alsopdigitalart (John), Morpheus1955 (Hugh) and last but not least Michaela_Solway (Michaela) for presenting me with their User Awards.

Todays upload shows a Black Tailed Skimmer, however Ade if you would like to make a positive ID you are most welcomed my friend.

Description

Length: 44-49mm
Females and immatures are pale, yellowish brown with tho bold lines running along the length of the abdomen. The wings have a yellow costa and a very dark brown or black pterostigma.
The males develop a blue pruinescence on the abdomen darkening to the rear with with S8-10 becoming black. Its eyes are very dark green. They fly swift and low, skimming the water surface.
Females retain their colur and markings though they become quite greyish brown with age.

Habitat


This dragonfly is found at any open water with bare patches along the shore where the patrolling males frequently rest in the sun.

Status & Distribution

Fairly common. Southern England, parts of Wales and Ireland. Increasing its range Northwards.

I hope that you all have a great day ahead, for me who knows.

Regards as always Nathan

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 550D
Lens:Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS APO HSM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:7 Jul 2013 - 2:39 PM
Focal Length:500mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/6.2
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:1/1600sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Black Tailed Skimmer 'Perhaps'
Username:NDODS NDODS
Uploaded:12 Jul 2013 - 6:42 AM
Tags:Beauty, Dragonfly, Flight, Nature, Outdoors, Resting, Wildlife / nature
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Caziwinkles
12 Jul 2013 - 6:48 AM

A stunner here Nathan - love the bokeh. Smile

Carol

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KarenFB
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12 Jul 2013 - 6:56 AM

Beautifully caught - one I've not seen around here! Smile

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Ade_Osman
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12 Jul 2013 - 7:15 AM

I'll give you this one too this morning Nathan Wink

Ade

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SiHunt_GrafficSnapZ

Great stuff Nathan, for a moment I thought I'd clicked National Geographic instead of EPZ!

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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2013 - 7:29 AM

brilliant detail and comp Nathan a cracking close up nice one Wink
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debu
debu  4 India
12 Jul 2013 - 7:43 AM

Superb shot.
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Badgerfred
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12 Jul 2013 - 7:47 AM

Excellent capture Nathan, super composition,
Fred.

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pentaxpatty
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12 Jul 2013 - 8:02 AM

excellent capture GrinGrin

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danbrann
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12 Jul 2013 - 8:06 AM

An excellent image to go with the well detailed Narrative.

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franken
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12 Jul 2013 - 8:25 AM

Another excellent macro Nathan.

Ken

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RonnieAG
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12 Jul 2013 - 8:32 AM

Good use of wide aperture to throw the b/g OOF, Nathan, and with good detail in the subject.
Ronnie.

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mossy
mossy  146 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2013 - 8:37 AM

I think your ID is correct, i hope it hurrys north as ive yet to see one.Smile

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morpheus1955
12 Jul 2013 - 8:44 AM

Fantastic shot Nathan, superb detail and colours, exceptionally well captured

Hugh

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EMJAYCEE
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12 Jul 2013 - 8:58 AM

Ready for take off - excellent detail.
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Nikonuser1
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12 Jul 2013 - 8:59 AM

A great image Nathan, well captured, I see these quite a lot in the garden, as we live near lakesSmile


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ali63
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12 Jul 2013 - 9:02 AM

Beautiful image Nathan,

Ali

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chrissie3
chrissie3  6 England
12 Jul 2013 - 9:31 AM

You must have a garden full of bugs!!! But you are so good at 'catching' them!

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JohnChambersPhotography

Excellent narrative Nathan, good capture and well spotted.

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104231 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2013 - 10:02 AM

never seen so many insects in one place...do you breed them? WinkGrinGrin

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queengu21  4 Israel
12 Jul 2013 - 10:31 AM

A detailed beautiful shot.
Ely

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12 Jul 2013 - 10:34 AM

Morning Nathan, a bit late on this one but another fine capture, and good bokeh from the 500mm.

Dave

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Irishkate
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12 Jul 2013 - 11:02 AM

COSTA - I go every Friday for lunch with my friend and didn't know it was a word to describe 'a riblike parth as the midrib of a plant leaf' etc.
My friend and I often share new words we've learned over a three hour lunch!
Thank for that Nathan - great macro of your Black Tailed Skimmer.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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12 Jul 2013 - 11:44 AM

Great capture and lovely bokeh, Nathan.

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12 Jul 2013 - 11:54 AM

Great info again, who needs books when you describe critters in great detail...........I learn something new everyday............GrinGrinGrinGrin

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boov  2 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2013 - 12:05 PM

Brilliant

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Lynniesefforts
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12 Jul 2013 - 12:06 PM

What a stunner, really like this one Nathan, so sharp and detailed GrinGrin.. and of course, the write up is good too GrinGrin

Lynette GrinGrin

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12 Jul 2013 - 12:21 PM

Good detail and composition in this wonderful capture. Well done Nathan.
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ValeryAst  2 Russian Federation
12 Jul 2013 - 12:21 PM

I see it loves to sunbathe!Smile
In response to your comment, Nathan: I had similar thoughts, Nathan, but I did not implement their ... This is not the setting sun in the left corner, this is the moon ...
Thank you very much!

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12 Jul 2013 - 12:22 PM

Beautiful capture with the Bigma Nathan, superb detail from the big lens i like it.
Gary

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Mrsbass  2 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2013 - 12:29 PM

Another stunner Nathan I am loving your close up beastie series, incredible detail and composition.

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12 Jul 2013 - 1:27 PM

A great capture, He looks an interesting beast!

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Swarnadip  3 Canada
12 Jul 2013 - 1:38 PM

Bokeh Grin

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12 Jul 2013 - 2:09 PM

Lovely capture Nathan! Grin
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12 Jul 2013 - 2:14 PM

Super image very well captured, good bokeh

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12 Jul 2013 - 2:17 PM

He seems to be amazed with his own shadow. Excellent capture Nathan.......Sandy

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12 Jul 2013 - 2:45 PM

Excellent capture, Nathan!
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12 Jul 2013 - 2:52 PM

This is the second dragonfly I'm seeing this morning. Love these graceful insects and their delicate wings. Nicely shot, and I also love those bokeh orbs in the background.

Anne

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12 Jul 2013 - 3:21 PM

Lovely close-up, Nathan, excellent work my friend - hope you're well enough to enjoy this beautiful hot weather! Wink
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12 Jul 2013 - 3:27 PM

What a beauty, Nathan, not seen one of these here. Superb capture. Carol

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12 Jul 2013 - 4:11 PM

Great image Nathan! I would be interested in hearing your opinion on the Sigma as I have been contemplating getting one!!,,, regards Ian

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12 Jul 2013 - 4:28 PM

A well detailed image, both visually and narratively, Nathan.

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12 Jul 2013 - 4:28 PM

a really great image.

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12 Jul 2013 - 5:31 PM

Another fantastic image, Nathan, really like the background bokeh, works well.
Fine work.
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12 Jul 2013 - 6:30 PM

First class, Nathan!
The canal trip was fabulous!

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12 Jul 2013 - 6:40 PM

Lovely capture NathanGrin
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12 Jul 2013 - 6:47 PM

A BIG well done for getting the Name right Nathan, if I'd uploaded it, it would've been 'Dragon Fly' Wink

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12 Jul 2013 - 7:42 PM

Lovely shot Nathan.

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Super wing detail Captured in the shadow Excellent

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12 Jul 2013 - 7:58 PM

Great piece of macro work,well done.
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12 Jul 2013 - 8:32 PM

Great macro shot, not easy to get a picture but you nailed this one Nathan

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12 Jul 2013 - 8:57 PM


Quote: one I've not seen around here!

I ought to say this kind of thing more often!! We went for a walk by Tiverton canal today and saw several!! Grin

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13 Jul 2013 - 8:35 PM

Excellent shot, Nathan. I find the bokeh very interesting too!

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14 Jul 2013 - 8:14 PM

What a superb macro shot Nathan, your identification skills are improving by the day!Grin

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