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The in-flight mating ritual of a pair of Migrant Southern Hawker Dragonflies (Aeshna affinis). I only managed to get one shot - they are so fast! Fascinating to watch the females perching on plants close to the water surface whilst the males circled above and then pounced. There is the exoskeleton of a Damsel Fly (I think) on the left hand side of the perch.

Many thanks for your generous support of my Blue Tit upload - much appreciated, as always Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:EF500mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x III
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:2 Jul 2014 - 10:58 AM
Focal Length:700mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:640
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Partial
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Love is in the Air
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:2 Jul 2014 - 6:57 PM
Tags:Action, Aeshna affinis, Air, Dragonfly, In-flight, Insect, Love, Mating ritual, Migrant Southern Hawker, Migrant Southern Hawker Dragonfly, Wildlife / nature
Votes:35

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 96185 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jul 2014 - 7:38 PM

Well nailed Sylvia

Nature doing what nature does best, when we leave her alone

Adrian

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JohnoP
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2 Jul 2014 - 7:56 PM

Brilliant work Sylvia...and yes I can see the skeleton! SmileSmile John

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5143 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jul 2014 - 8:19 PM

How you even managed to get the one shot beats me: these critters are far to fast for meWinkWink.
Well done, you, Sylvia.
R.

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 7576 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jul 2014 - 8:52 PM

You only need one shot when its this good. - gary

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Ayoob
Ayoob e2 Member 3Ayoob vcard Australia
2 Jul 2014 - 9:51 PM

Excellent camera handling , very well done.....GrinGrinGrin

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SteveMackay
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2 Jul 2014 - 10:00 PM

Oh WOW!, fantastic image Sylvia!........and taken with your 500 plus 1.4x, much kudos!!!Grin, seriously, it's a difficult action shot and it looks brilliant!, lovely colours, action, behaviour and the comp plus reflection is ideal........looks like a lovely place to take photos too Wink

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8247 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2014 - 2:38 PM

A fantastic opportunistic capture Sylvia, you've even captured a reflection of them too!

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