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By Maiwand
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.

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

Tags: Water Dragonfly Wildlife and nature Maiwand

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richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
5 Sep 2013 8:41PM
Nice Image!! I like it a lot!!

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Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
5 Sep 2013 8:45PM
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
JuBarney 6 26 3 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 8:45PM
V1 is really lovely but I cannot see any other versions!
senn Plus
7 5 1 Belgium
5 Sep 2013 8:47PM
that's a prowess Ron .. stunning trio
ColouredImages 13 47 35 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 8:48PM
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
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
5 Sep 2013 8:53PM
# very impressive captures, more for being handheld with that heavy camera and lens-- Remarkable!
three excellent captures
5 Sep 2013 8:56PM
Excellent images Ron, great timing,
ColleenA Plus
5 362 6 Australia
5 Sep 2013 8:58PM
Very impressive trio....great photography
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
5 Sep 2013 9:00PM
v2 for me
5 Sep 2013 9:09PM
Well captured Ron. ? An emperor dragonfly
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 9:12PM
You've done really well here especially as the camera was hand held Ron.
JuBarney 6 26 3 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 9:15PM
Wow Ron, V2 is superb (which I can see now!) and V3 is lovely too.
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
5 Sep 2013 9:46PM
Well captured Ron - super images........ colour is good - it's a Migrant Hawker.
Fantastic set. Cathy
Ayoob 7 Australia
5 Sep 2013 9:59PM
Great set of images ,very well taken and presented - like them all....GrinGrinGrin
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 10:07PM
Brilliant set Ron
V2 is a winner for me
5 Sep 2013 10:17PM
oh wow !! superb shot i love these creatures
tonyng 8 10 2 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 10:22PM
These are so difficult to track let alone capture. Well done.
5 Sep 2013 10:33PM
Well captured Ron. Three amazing shots,
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
5 Sep 2013 10:43PM
Thanks everyone.
EileenH 4 1 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 10:55PM
Three beautiful captures Smile

Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
5 Sep 2013 11:59PM
An excellent set. .......Sandy
PattiW 12 24 2 United States
6 Sep 2013 12:08AM
A most amazing set of shots. Beautiful dragonfly. I would be most pleased if I could get one half that good. PattiSmileSmileSmile
6 Sep 2013 12:08AM
Three real beautiful captures. Lovely colour and detail.

Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
6 Sep 2013 4:33AM
An excellent trio Ron !! Great photography here !
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
6 Sep 2013 5:25AM
A trio of superb in flight captures, Ron. Carol
rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2013 8:37AM
An excellently captured trio, Ron.

Philh04 Plus
12 1.6k United Kingdom
6 Sep 2013 9:51AM
Never an easy image... not an emperor, definitely a Migrant Hawker although one the major diagnostics is not visible in your image.
Three excellent images!!!!!!!!!
DerekL 13 191 24 England
6 Sep 2013 10:49AM
Hats off to you Ron, for managing to get these images of such good quality.
Definitely one of the most frustrating subjects to capture.

6 Sep 2013 1:35PM
What can I say... JUST SUPERB WORK, Ron!SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
Regards Valery
Excellent shots. They are way too quick for me!
Mike_Smith Plus
10 482 1 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2013 5:57PM
Wow Ron V1 and 2 are cracking shots, you should be pleased with them
6 Sep 2013 6:26PM
an insect that i absolutely love ! superbly captured !!
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2013 6:39PM
A terrific trio of tantalising tasteWink

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2013 9:30PM
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
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2013 9:31PM
Forgot to comment on your pictureBlush love V2
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
6 Sep 2013 9:43PM
Thanks everyone. I think I now settle on a Migrant Hawker as ID.
7 Sep 2013 12:10AM
Cracking Dragon in flight image Ron!, love it!SmileSmileSmile
7 Sep 2013 9:08PM
Three superb captures of the Migrant Hawker Ron. Couldn't have been easy. They are such fast movers, so very well done.
tonyng 8 10 2 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2013 10:39PM
This has elude me so far, especially ones in flight. Well done.
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
8 Sep 2013 8:19AM
Perfect timing here Ron.

8 Sep 2013 5:03PM
Three superb shots, shame I missed the Awards you would have had mine Brilliant is all I can say..Lin
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
8 Sep 2013 6:11PM
Thanks everyone.
MikeRC Plus
13 3.6k United Kingdom
4 Oct 2013 9:16AM
.....stunning stuff.

Quote: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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