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Drone Fly

By Ade_Osman    
Drone Fly Eristalis tenax known for it's resemblance to the male honey bee. It's larvae, called rat-tailed maggots, live in shallow nutrient rich stagnant water.

Thousands of these guys buzzing around the Somerset Levels yesterday, seemed a little impertinent not to try and grab a shot of one on the wing, even if they are fast as hell. Well we had a good day, I was on the hunt for macro images and Suzie (the wife) was there for her birds. I was hoping as the weather has been so good that we might have seen some Hairy Dragonflies emerged early, but sadly not, give it another week with this weather though and they should be out and about. Suzie managed some nice shot of various different birds species, of note was a Marsh Harrier and a Hobby as well as loads of Buzzards. We also heard a very early Cuckoo, which is amazing for this time of year, as well as seeing loads of various different butterflies.

Many thanks for all the comments and User Awards on yesterday's image of a fly, I didn't think it would go down too well as it's not exactly a shot of beauty, but I guess you all like it despite this.

I'll try and get to see as many images as possible in the galleries today, but as you might have guessed after yesterday's long day out I have a whole load of processing to do now, including a whole boat load for Sue. I'll even try and convince the girl to post one or two, but she's uses her images for some bird site or another.....I married a twitcher! Tongue

Catch up with you all later and thanks again......Ade

Tags: Bee General Close-up and macro Drone fly Wildlife and nature Eristalis tenax Sports and action

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cattyal Plus
12 8.5k 6 England
27 Mar 2012 9:54AM
I get a lot of these in my garden and the blighters just hover there looking at you until you lift the camera and then dart away at speed Sad

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Alvar 11 23 2 France
27 Mar 2012 10:00AM
Great capture and detail Ade.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
27 Mar 2012 10:04AM
That puts paid to my planned upload for tomorrow, Ade Sad. Fantastic timing. Carol
27 Mar 2012 10:04AM
Superb capture of the best helicopter flying.

paskinmj 9 11 1 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2012 10:05AM
Spot on capture.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
27 Mar 2012 10:09AM
Great on the wing capture, Ade: sounds as if you had a great day out.
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2012 10:21AM
Fantastic capture!
Briwooly 12 452 5 England
27 Mar 2012 10:28AM
Brilliantly timed shot Ade superb

johnjo58 7 2 5 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2012 12:06PM
OK Ade you are really pushing boundaries now, great photography
KingBee Plus
12 529 2 Scotland
27 Mar 2012 12:19PM
How on earth you managed to capture this in flight, with such relative sharpness, is beyond me. Fantasticallly good shot. Great description, BTW - all too often missing from many uploads, which is a shame.


Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
27 Mar 2012 12:41PM
Heck of a feat getting that into focus - excellent capture,

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
27 Mar 2012 3:54PM
A terrific inflight capture Ade, impecable timing. You don't half drone on about those Somerset Levels though, I may have to venture south sometime to see what all the fuss is about!
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
27 Mar 2012 4:33PM
Ok Ed, you can have the award for pun of the week! Tongue The Levels is home mate, it's where I'd live given the choice. Were still looking out for a property down there in the right place and right price have been for years now! Sad

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
27 Mar 2012 4:38PM
Fantastic in flight capture!
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
27 Mar 2012 4:40PM
Spot on capture Ade. Perfect timing.
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
27 Mar 2012 4:46PM
A brilliant capture - not as easy as you've made it look!

A cuckoo!! Now that really is lucky - I've not heard one for years!
carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2012 5:47PM
Great capture, one of the best i have seen for awhile. well done
27 Mar 2012 6:02PM
Amazing capture
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2012 6:10PM
In mid air and captured so fast! what a shot Ade
clearly detailed you were proud of this one
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2012 6:48PM
well caught in flight, not easy Ade
Brian65 8 2 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2012 7:31PM
Fantastic Ade, you must be quick on the draw mate.WinkWink
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
27 Mar 2012 10:00PM
Despite hailing from deepest darkest rural Somerset Level headed chap Mr Osman most certainly isSmile
9 10 10 England
27 Mar 2012 10:34PM
29 Mar 2012 10:04AM
Excellent Ade. I find this kind of shot so difficult and time consuming. You seem to enjoy the levels as much as I do. A
geoffash26 14 2.5k United Kingdom
14 Apr 2012 3:30PM
Not a bad effort I suppose Wink

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