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Ruddy Darter!

Walked around a place called Ling Hurst, a small pond on the edge of the Lound nature reserve, i think it's called The Idle Valley Nature Reserve now. It's usually good for dragons but this year the water levels were very high since the spring so generally quiet on the dragon front. After several hours i'd had no shots at all as the darters were a bit skittish, they landed freely on my ears and head etc but never on swimbo much to her chagrin. Anyway, i finally got off two short bursts with a bit of a reach. I quite like the shot as it's at the dragon through it's own wings.

Handheld, flash free, uncropped jpg etc., with the 60mm macro, OM-d combo.

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Re: Ruddy Darter!

I thought i'd post this as it's the best from the other short burst. Details as above but this is cropped slightly across the top and right.

1/160 f8 iso1000

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Re: Ruddy Darter!

great detail, well done
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Re: Ruddy Darter!

Superb shot, great detail.
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Re: Ruddy Darter!

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I quite like the shot as it's at the dragon through it's own wings.
I agree on this! Very nice Bokeh also and ISO performance I would love to get from the E-30.
As for the ID, I differ slightly and say this is a male Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum). Note it's yellow striped legs. A S.sanguineum would have black legs only.
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As for the ID, I differ slightly and say this is a male Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum). Note it's yellow striped legs. A S.sanguineum would have black legs only.
Thanks for the correction Falk, yes i was in two minds last night at the end of a long sunday night-shift and wrongly opted for a late teneral Ruddy Darter. In the light of day it looks like a Common Darter.
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Re: Ruddy Darter!

Super images Pete and I agree they are Common Darter. This rather poor image of a Ruddy Darter show that the male is a much more crimson-red and has a distinctly waisted abdomen:



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Re: Ruddy Darter!

Nice images and OOF background.

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Re: Ruddy Darter!

Superb portrait, Pete!
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Re: Ruddy Darter!

Thanks for the comments and replies everyone.

This was the shot i was after (this is from a Pana TZ5 compact). A more colourful version of a common darter, perching on my better half's thumb.

A reminder to those that would like to 'catch' one, if you hear a darter buzz your ears it's likely looking to perch, usually on the head, back, or shoulders. Also the ears (hold your nerve -- it only tickles for the moment they land ), when this happens you can hold your hand up and point to the sky and with some luck one will perch on the fingertip. September is a good time to try this.


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Thanks for the comments and replies everyone.

This was the shot i was after (this is from a Pana TZ5 compact). A more colourful version of a common darter, perching on my better half's thumb.

A reminder to those that would like to 'catch' one, if you hear a darter buzz your ears it's likely looking to perch, usually on the head, back, or shoulders. Also the ears (hold your nerve -- it only tickles for the moment they land ), when this happens you can hold your hand up and point to the sky and with some luck one will perch on the fingertip. September is a good time to try this.
Do they bite?
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Do they bite?
Afaik, no. The most you'll feel is a tickling sensation if they're on your head (with short hair), or the ears, or the back of the neck, they constantly 'grip then release' as they continually prep for take off but then change their mind. You feel this on the fingertips too.

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