Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Black-tailed Skimmer

I was fortunate finding these Black-tailed Skimmer Dragonflies.
I can't find any previous record so I don't think I have photographed one before.
Its a fairly common species found mainly in Southern England

It frequents the edge of open water and as its name suggests it habitually skims along above the water.

(Male)

Lumix GH3. 35-100mm lens. 100mm (= 200mm). 1/400 at f5.6. ISO200




Lumix GH3. 35-100mm lens. 100mm (=200mm). 1/2000 at f2.8. ISO200.

The only image I could get of the female which was taken at a separate location and its not that easy to see due to its background.
(I wont discuss the background, but cows had something to do with it.) {:))

(Female)


22 comments:

  1. Very cool!! How accomodating they were to sit still long enough for you to get good images of them!!

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    1. Thanks Karen. I was fortunate that the male return to the same perch often.

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  2. wat een heerlijke serie van deze oeverlibelle het valt niet mee om ze te fotograferen iedere keer als ik denk ja zo wil ik hem hebben is hij foetsie.

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  3. Nice to see you bagged this flighty Skimmer Roy. The male posed for you but the female obviously had other things on her mind!

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  4. super photos Roy; to see this beautiful insect up so close

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  5. Great shots....even with questionable backgrounds :-) Reminds me a lot of the Blue Dasher here except for the thorax area. We seem to have a lot of blue ones with dark tails

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  6. I like those dragons very much especially when young males like this one are turning from yellow to blue as they mature!
    This specimen has not bred much yet, his abdomen is still free from the markings left by the female's claws!
    Very nice pictures, although the female could have posed on better support for you!! LOL!!

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    1. Thanks Noushka, I knew the term "She got her claws into him" must have come from somewhere.(:))
      Seriously, I am the better for reading your extensive knowledge on matters of nature as it makes me look harder at things.

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  7. A great 'find' Roy and an excellent set of images. I could say you deserve a pat on the back but, given the last image, perhaps not!!...[;o)

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    1. Thanks Trevor, I have experienced such matters in my teens on the Farm.(;))

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  8. Hey Roy...Are sure that male didn't fly smack into that stem, and is stuck
    there ; ) !!
    That female is only visiting Cow Patty,obviously they are good friends!! : )
    Okay enough silly stuff!!
    You have photo's of them now and wonderful ones at that!!
    Grace

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  9. You shot them really good Roy. The male is really nice with the blue and yellow. So, the wife likes sh*t. Well, I'm happy we don't have 'perfumed' internet yet.

    Regards,
    Marianne

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  10. I love your header image Roy and you seem to get the skimmer to pose for you!

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  11. Ten bank jest piękna ważka ważka z pięknym rysunkiem.
    Masz to na ważki znów wiedzieć wspaniałe uwiecznić.
    Klasa!

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    1. Thanks Helma, I wont reply in polish I think you hit the wrong translate button.{:))

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