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Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by raian, Jul 24, 2008.
Go this one this morning. I've not seen this color before around my parts. Wondering what he/she is.
NIce shot. May I ask what lens you used to get this shot? I am new to photography and am very intrigued with shooting dragonfly's. Thank you.
I actually used my 70-300. Wasn't intending to shoot dragonflies, but came upon this guy and started firing
Linda - no clue what that is (I'll leave it up to the better experts than I) but I love the shot
Tim - there are plenty of excellent dragonfly photographers here - you shouldn't have any problem finding tips and tricks - check out the posts from Spectre, tojor or j.ankanpaa as far as excellent dragon/damsel photography.
I'm really enjoying getting dragonfly shots, like it almost as much as photographing birds.
I've been searching on google. I think this may be a yellow-sided skimmer? Am I correct?
yeah - I'd go with that - looks like it to me (after a quick internet search)
How do you tell the sex? I'm just learning so forgive my ignorance of such things.
This does appear to be a Yellow-Sided Skimmer. There is also the remote chance it is a Spangled Skimmer however, they are found more to the NW side of the state. You being in Charleston, more than likely it is a Yellow-Sided. You can tell by the coloring and markings that it is a Female. The Male of this species (assuming Yellow-Sided) is a blue color similar to faded denim unless it is a very young, immature male, which can be mistaken for a female.
The one main reason that I have a lingering question as to the identity is that Yellow-Sided Skimmers have an amber color to the leading edge of the wings, which I don't see in your image.
I agree Paul - but in her shot it's hard to see the leading edge of the wings to see if it does have the amber stripe - the rest of the markings seem spot on as well as the colors.
and Linda - FYI - the male looks like this
That's what I meant to say.... The amber coloring may be there, just really difficult to tell from that image..... but then again, it may not be there!:tongue:
I see the amber edge on the wing. I think it's there, but it is hard to tell with the position of the wings, they are somewhat folded on top of one another.
I see those males around. I thought they were the blue darters.
I'm learning so much this summer with dragonflys. Thanks!!!
I'll look it up in my new Stokes beginners guid I bought tonight. only book they had at the borders
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