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Old 7th August 2011
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Black Tailed Skimmer having lunch


I was actually out looking for something completely different when I notived a very active Black Tailed Skimmer patrolling along the path. This specief of dragonflies are usually wary and very hard to approach. They will follow a programmed route and will land on a predetermined place, usually a patch of sand or gravel with free sight, allowing you to observe them at distance.

My high level of attention allowed me to follow the dramatic sequence of events from when the dragonfly suddenly left the patch, swiftly caught a moth passing by (or possibly it was a small butterfly with dull colors), brought the prey it back to its place and devoured it in what I would estimate less than a two minutes.

I had the spotting scope deployed, quickly mounted the camera and managed to document the sequence (not the catch, though). A cruel but fascinating scenery.

Attached is a picture when half the moth is eaten. Picture is taken at 4 meters distance.


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Re: Black Tailed Skimmer having lunch

Great capture and text...yes they are very hard to photo as they always land on the floor and you loose sight of them.



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