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Went to the local hide with a view to looking for birds-- got nothing in the bird line so I had to content myself with a bit of target practise on a dragonfly that occasionally popped up in front of me. Only trouble was that I was a good 3/4 m away and equiped with a 300mm and no tripod so I had to hand hold.
To top it all off I am not too sure what is the name of the beast.
Help anyone.???
I thought I might try to load a couple of extra shots this time. Hope it all works.
V1 I quite liked as it shows the wing formation quite well.
V2 and V3 are quite similar but I was interested to see how parts of the wings are blurred even tho I was using a high shutter speed. Hoped I might stop all movement.
Hope you find them interesting.
Most grateful thanks for the fine response to the Curlew and particular thanks to Ken (franken) for the UA.
Ron

Opinion now seems to be divided on ID. Concensus now leans toward the name of Migrant Hawker (aeshna mixta) Thanks all.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D4 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:300.0 mm f/4.0
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:3 Sep 2013 - 1:51 PM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/2500sec
Exposure Comp:-2/3
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Dragonfly
Username:Maiwand Maiwand
Uploaded:5 Sep 2013 - 8:40 PM
Tags:Dragonfly, Maiwand, Water, Wildlife / nature
Votes:65
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richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5259 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2013 - 8:41 PM

Nice Image!! I like it a lot!!

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Glostopcat
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5 Sep 2013 - 8:45 PM

An excellent attempt Ron, you've done really well with this inflight shot. I think the dragonfly in your photo is a male emperor, not an easy beast to nail

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JuBarney
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5 Sep 2013 - 8:45 PM

V1 is really lovely but I cannot see any other versions!
Ju

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senn
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5 Sep 2013 - 8:47 PM

that's a prowess Ron .. stunning trio

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mikesmith
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5 Sep 2013 - 8:48 PM

Excellent capture Ron. I even like the way you haven't got it "head-on" Have an award on me, it really is a good 'un
Mike

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taggart
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5 Sep 2013 - 8:53 PM

# very impressive captures, more for being handheld with that heavy camera and lens-- Remarkable!

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Craggwildlife
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5 Sep 2013 - 8:55 PM

three excellent captures
David

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Badgerfred
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5 Sep 2013 - 8:56 PM

Excellent images Ron, great timing,
Fred.

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ColleenA
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5 Sep 2013 - 8:58 PM

Very impressive trio....great photography

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lonely_oryx
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5 Sep 2013 - 9:00 PM

v2 for me

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jennialexander
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5 Sep 2013 - 9:09 PM

Well captured Ron. ? An emperor dragonfly
Jenni

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franken
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5 Sep 2013 - 9:12 PM

You've done really well here especially as the camera was hand held Ron.
Ken

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JuBarney
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5 Sep 2013 - 9:15 PM

Wow Ron, V2 is superb (which I can see now!) and V3 is lovely too.
Ju

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91911 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2013 - 9:46 PM

Well captured Ron - super images........ colour is good - it's a Migrant Hawker.
Brian.

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Holmewood
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5 Sep 2013 - 9:48 PM

Fantastic set. Cathy

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Ayoob
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5 Sep 2013 - 9:59 PM

Great set of images ,very well taken and presented - like them all....GrinGrinGrin

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Lillian
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5 Sep 2013 - 10:07 PM

Brilliant set Ron
V2 is a winner for me
Lillian

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sparrowhawk
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5 Sep 2013 - 10:17 PM

oh wow !! superb shot i love these creatures

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tonyng
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5 Sep 2013 - 10:22 PM

These are so difficult to track let alone capture. Well done.

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Alan_Baseley
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5 Sep 2013 - 10:33 PM

Well captured Ron. Three amazing shots,
Alan

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Maiwand
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5 Sep 2013 - 10:43 PM

Thanks everyone.
Ron

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EileenH
EileenH  1 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 - 10:55 PM

Three beautiful captures Smile

Eileen

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Daisymaye
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5 Sep 2013 - 11:59 PM

An excellent set. .......Sandy

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PattiW
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6 Sep 2013 - 12:08 AM

A most amazing set of shots. Beautiful dragonfly. I would be most pleased if I could get one half that good. PattiSmileSmileSmile

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fificat100
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6 Sep 2013 - 12:08 AM

Three real beautiful captures. Lovely colour and detail.

Lavina

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Hermanus
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6 Sep 2013 - 4:33 AM

An excellent trio Ron !! Great photography here !

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CarolG
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6 Sep 2013 - 5:25 AM

A trio of superb in flight captures, Ron. Carol

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rayme330
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6 Sep 2013 - 8:37 AM

An excellently captured trio, Ron.

Ray

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Philh04
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6 Sep 2013 - 9:51 AM

Never an easy image... not an emperor, definitely a Migrant Hawker although one the major diagnostics is not visible in your image.

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JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
6 Sep 2013 - 10:33 AM

Three excellent images!!!!!!!!!
JNC

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DerekL
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6 Sep 2013 - 10:49 AM

Hats off to you Ron, for managing to get these images of such good quality.
Definitely one of the most frustrating subjects to capture.

Derek

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ValeryAst
ValeryAst  2 Russian Federation
6 Sep 2013 - 1:35 PM

What can I say... JUST SUPERB WORK, Ron!SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
Regards Valery

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AlexAppleby
6 Sep 2013 - 4:49 PM

Excellent shots. They are way too quick for me!

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Mike_Smith
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6 Sep 2013 - 5:57 PM

Wow Ron V1 and 2 are cracking shots, you should be pleased with them

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sparrowhawk
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6 Sep 2013 - 6:26 PM

an insect that i absolutely love ! superbly captured !!

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tomcat
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6 Sep 2013 - 6:39 PM

A terrific trio of tantalising tasteWink

Adrian

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pluckyfilly
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6 Sep 2013 - 9:30 PM

Funnily enough I was up the hide late pm and I was also trying for the dragon fly but gave up and apart from this elusive critter - nowt there!Wink I won't give up altogether thoughBlush

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pluckyfilly
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6 Sep 2013 - 9:31 PM

Forgot to comment on your pictureBlush love V2

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Maiwand
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6 Sep 2013 - 9:43 PM

Thanks everyone. I think I now settle on a Migrant Hawker as ID.
Ron

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SteveMackay
7 Sep 2013 - 12:10 AM

Cracking Dragon in flight image Ron!, love it!SmileSmileSmile

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7 Sep 2013 - 9:08 PM

Three superb captures of the Migrant Hawker Ron. Couldn't have been easy. They are such fast movers, so very well done.

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tonyng
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7 Sep 2013 - 10:39 PM

This has elude me so far, especially ones in flight. Well done.

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8 Sep 2013 - 8:19 AM

Perfect timing here Ron.

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8 Sep 2013 - 5:03 PM

Three superb shots, shame I missed the Awards you would have had mine Brilliant is all I can say..Lin

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8 Sep 2013 - 6:11 PM

Thanks everyone.
Ron

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4 Oct 2013 - 9:16 AM

.....stunning stuff.
......Mike

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9 Oct 2013 - 5:08 PM


Quote: Three superb captures of the Migrant Hawker Ron. Couldn't have been easy. They are such fast movers, so very well done.

SUPERB !!!

PAMGrinGrinGrin

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