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Love is in the Air

By teocali
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

Tags: Love Action In-flight Air Insect Dragonfly Aeshna affinis Wildlife and nature Mating ritual Migrant Southern Hawker Migrant Southern Hawker Dragonfly

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tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2014 7:38PM
Well nailed Sylvia

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


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JohnoP 12 2
2 Jul 2014 7:56PM
Brilliant work Sylvia...and yes I can see the skeleton! SmileSmile John
RonnieAG Plus
7 154 118 Scotland
2 Jul 2014 8:19PM
How you even managed to get the one shot beats me: these critters are far to fast for meWinkWink.
Well done, you, Sylvia.
gary_d 9 576 13 Wales
2 Jul 2014 8:52PM
You only need one shot when its this good. - gary
Ayoob 6 Australia
2 Jul 2014 9:51PM
Excellent camera handling , very well done.....GrinGrinGrin
2 Jul 2014 10:00PM
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
Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
5 Jul 2014 2:38PM
A fantastic opportunistic capture Sylvia, you've even captured a reflection of them too!

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