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Damsel Flies - candids (au natural)

If every wingbeat of your life was spent in fear of being eaten by a bird or a fish, then you to would be wary of every movement in your vicinity. Unwilling to stay still even when spending 'quality time' with your partner.

Certainly these insects wouldn't let me stalk them with my macro lens, so these were shot on the 'sledgehammer' principle using the Sigma 135-400 and the EC1.4.

Not possessing the same detail as some of the recent posts by others, perhaps they possess some charm as 'in nature' captures. All shown without cropping.









This website may be useful for those seeking to identify the various species

http://www.dragonflysoc.org.uk/species.html

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Re: Damsel Flies - candids (au natural)

Seem like we all have gone Damselfly mad.The ducks must feel left out.

There are lots of these about at the moment.I've have had quite a lot of good results up close with the 50mm and the EC14 but also lots of dirty knees.

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Re: Damsel Flies - candids (au natural)

Thank you Andy

I think I was just amazed I could get these; wobbling about as I was on the edge of a canal with the 134-400 at full poke.

Most of my local Damsel Flies seem very flighty, but I've not given up on a 'proper' close up.

Mind you it was a pretty good work-out for the E-3s focussing ability.

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Re: Damsel Flies - candids (au natural)

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It is good to see the surroundings in any nature shot. That changes them from just specimens. These shots of egg laying show the behavior really well, together with the colour change between the sexes which helps with the ID (until I got my book on dragonflies and damselflies I was baffled with ID beyond the banded demoiselles which stand out rather). So my money is on common blue damsels with this being the drab female and blue male forms.

I agree that you have a story to tell about your stretch of canal, to make it come to life what about trying to portray the ecosystem and food chains rather than just species.

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Nice shots Nick. I really like he poses you've captured, and the timing with the ripple in the first shot is great.
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