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Teneral Black-tailed Skimmer

By dewie    
This was, as most of my photos are, taken at the LWT. I was walking through the grass when suddenly a dragonfly rose out of the grass from next to my foot. I followed where it flew and it eventually landed about 20m away in the grass.

Keeping my eyes fixed on this spot, I walked carefully over towards where I thought it had landed. Sure enough, there it was, perched low down on a grass stalk. I put my macro lens on and inched the camera closer and closer until I was close enough.

On asking one of the very knowledgeable workers at the site later, he told me that it was a teneral black-tailed skimmer, meaning that it was only a few days since it had emerged from the water and this, and the fact that it was rather cold and windy, was why it was down in the grass.

I took this last weekend (5-6 June) and on Sunday I went to the same spot, but there were none to be seen so must have flown off.....

Anyway, I hope you like it!


Tags: Insect Dragonfly Teneral London wetland centre Black-tailed skimmer Wildlife and nature

Voters: LukeParkinson, KarenFB, TanyaHailey and 19 more

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LukeParkinson 7 30 3 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2010 7:09PM
Good capture. Very well done

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15 Jun 2010 7:19PM
Love it great shot !
KarenFB Plus
11 4.9k 171 England
15 Jun 2010 7:24PM
Beautifully caught - I really like the composition.
15 Jun 2010 7:34PM
A excellent shot, pin sharp.
grockleJB 8 3 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2010 8:32PM
Amazing detail. John.
8 10 10 England
15 Jun 2010 9:21PM
Very good shot indeed.
GaryR 10 1.3k England
15 Jun 2010 9:30PM
Good close-up shot.

16 Jun 2010 4:21PM
Nice shot.
dewie 7 9 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2010 5:18PM
Thanks guys Grin


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