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Hobby's & Dragons

By Ade_Osman    
Well after yesterday's superb session down on the Somerset Levels I thought I'd share a few more images with you of the days captures.

We found several different Hairy Dragonflies which are the first Hawkers of the summer to find on the wing. This first image is of a newly emerged specimen which hasn't quite dried his wings out as yet. V2 & 3 are of other specimens found. V4, 5 & 6 are of the wonderful in flight Hobby's which were snaffling the Dragons up as soon as took to the air! V4 looks like it has jessie's attached to the feet, but I can assure you it is in fact the Hairy Dragonflies and Damselflies which they catch on the wing.
The Hobby's themselves look very similar to Peregrine Falcons, but are in fact slightly smaller......They're almost as fast and just as incredibly difficult to capture in flight, these images probably being the best of a very bad bunch.
Thanks for looking and commenting, I'm hoping to catch up with everyone else's work over the next few days, but at the moment I'm incredibly busy with life and all it throws at us!


Tags: Photo journalism General Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature Hobbys Hairy Dragonflies Sports and action

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7 May 2012 10:25AM
wow! very sharp and good compositionSmile
7 May 2012 10:26AM
Immaculate detail and clarity Ade, superb set of images.
RonnieAG Plus
13 154 119 Scotland
7 May 2012 10:28AM
The three insect macros are the ones in this set that stand out for me, Ade: your macro photography is always a delight to view, and the detail captured here is excellent, with V 3, that closer inspection, quite remarkable.
annettep38 11 221 43 Luxembourg
7 May 2012 10:30AM
simply unbelievable!!
Well I have expressed what I think of these shots I hope
CarolG 16 199 20 Greece
7 May 2012 10:32AM
Fascinating images, Ade, especially the first three. Good old Somerset LevelsSmile Carol
cdm36 19 391 7 England
7 May 2012 10:40AM
Nice collection of images mate Smile
jasonrwl Plus
13 1.1k 11 United Kingdom
7 May 2012 10:41AM
Brilliant set Ade - sounds like you had a fantastic show.
zapar40 13 66 5 Wales
7 May 2012 10:42AM
beautiful detail and lovely colour on the dragons wings, superb collection.
User_Removed 14 80 1 United Kingdom
7 May 2012 10:49AM
Lovely set, the detail on the dragonflies is amazing Smile
ringyneck 16 315 18 United Kingdom
7 May 2012 11:23AM
WOW....3 brilliant close ups with with the Hobby ones not far behind.Grin

Not a sniff of Dragons/Damsels around here yet.......which is just as well as the weather is pants..Sad

helenlinda Plus
16 374 22 United Kingdom
7 May 2012 11:32AM
v2 for me , although obviously v3 is an excellent macro too. SmileSmile
Glostopcat 17 255 2 England
7 May 2012 11:45AM
An awesome set of natural history images Ade, the first three are mightily impressive and could all be uploaded in their own right. The detail and clarity is astounding and the colours are glorious. It looks like you had a very productive day spent with Sue down on the levels. It's very wet in the countryside close to home and is beginning to resemble the levels more each day, it will be like home from home when you do eventually get up here to photograph the butterflies and moths!Wink The weather has reverted to type and is pants again, so no doubt the only superb session you'll be having in the foreseeable future will be in the Barley Mow and Apple Tree in Bedminster when copious amounts of local scrumpy will be downed!TongueGrinWink
SlowSong Plus
14 10.8k 30 England
7 May 2012 11:54AM
V3's my fave but all of them give us an interesting glimpse of the Levels wildlife. A lovely set.
Chinga Plus
12 123 3 United Kingdom
7 May 2012 11:55AM
Beautiful shots of the dragon and the bird in flight. Well done! IB
7 May 2012 11:55AM
A wonderful set Ade, each deserves a seperate upload.

Jasper87 Plus
13 3.3k 165 England
7 May 2012 12:54PM
Wonderful detail in the macros, Ade, and without your stacking system. Amazing mastery of the macro.

fificat100 12 5 2 Scotland
7 May 2012 12:56PM
A superb set of shots. Agree with Len, each one well deserves a separate upload.
JohnoP 17 2
7 May 2012 1:11PM
1st class set of images Ade - the macro work is top class. John Grin
Daisymaye Plus
14 26 24 Canada
7 May 2012 1:49PM
An excellent set Ade. Love them all...........Sandy
netta1234 11 382 2 Wales
7 May 2012 2:56PM
A great set,You must have had a good day yesterdayWink
A set to be proud of, superb detail done to a very high standard, fabulous.

Maiwand 16 3 73 England
7 May 2012 4:02PM
Terrific shots of both the bird and the dragon Ade. I enjoyed the previous shot of the dragon but I must say that I think V1 here is even better.Stunning clarity and perfect pose.
lawbert 16 1.8k 15 England
7 May 2012 4:39PM
Stunning Set of images Ade...
Not even a Damsel showing yet in my neck of he woodsSad
7 May 2012 4:50PM
Very nice Ade. V1 & V3 for the dragonfly and V5 for the Hobby.


7 May 2012 5:18PM
the detail in the dragonfly versions are fantastic, really well done.
pluckyfilly 16 351 33 United Kingdom
7 May 2012 5:29PM
great set but 1+2 are my faves today
mshulver1 12 20 United Kingdom
7 May 2012 6:05PM
Great set of shots
ValSaxby 17 146 United Kingdom
7 May 2012 6:49PM
Great set Ade, looks like you had a great time. Really must all get together again soon, its been a long time.

bunbeam 17 2 United Kingdom
7 May 2012 7:21PM
superb set of shots, both the dragons and the birds
Steve_S Plus
17 183 3 United Kingdom
7 May 2012 8:10PM
Great macro images Ade and well done on capturing the hobby Wink
taggart Plus
18 47 15 United States
7 May 2012 9:25PM
Did you use the bigma to capture the dragonflies? Fabulous captures all!
Ade_Osman 20 4.5k 36 England
7 May 2012 9:44PM
No Jenn, this was taken using my ever old faithful Tamron 90mm SP Di Macro mounted on a tripod using mirror lock up. Had it about 8 years now and it's still as sharp as the day I bought it!.........Very under-rated piece of kit, which if used correctly is as sharp as anything on the market.

The Bigma was used for the Hobby's......

Thanks for yours and everybody else's kind comment and special thanks to Annette and SaltireBlue's awards......

rontear Plus
20 23 9 England
7 May 2012 10:03PM
Excellent set of images Ade, and you had good light !! ( we cancelled our trip to Somerset due to the bad forcastSad )
franken Plus
20 5.7k 4 United Kingdom
8 May 2012 7:52AM
A really excellent set here.

19 May 2012 6:59PM
Brilliant macros, brilliant birds, I saw my first at Wicken Fen a last week. There was a dozen of them taking the mayflies as they were emerging of the Lode. Too early for many Dragon flies!

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