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Emergence of a Brachytron pratense

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by tojor, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. tojor


    Jul 27, 2005
    Earlier this year when I was out shooting dragonflies I caught this emergence of a female B. pratense - Hairy Hawker. I wish I had spotted it a little earlier. This was exciting as it was also my first shots of this species. The process took 2 hours and 10 minutes.

    This is where I came into the picture so too speak.

    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/250s    ISO 200

    Out of the old suit.

    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/9.0    1/320s    ISO 200

    Starting to pump up the wings.

    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/9.0    1/400s    ISO 200

    Almost done.

    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/11.0    1/320s    ISO 200

    Leaving the old home.

    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/9.0    1/500s    ISO 200

    33 shots, 2 hours and 10 minutes later this was the last shot before she took off to her new life as an imago.

    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/9.0    1/800s    ISO 200
  2. Spectre


    Feb 20, 2008
    This is an awesome series Torben. It is too bad you couldn't have been there from the start, but what you managed to get is great. 2hrs and 10 min.... that's dedication. The lighting is great. Seeing the transformation in the wings is very cool.
  3. Torben
    what an amazing series
    incredible, my friend
  4. Counter


    Sep 18, 2007
    What a great series - every one perfect!
  5. tojor


    Jul 27, 2005
    Thanks Paul. I just had to wait until the end.

    Thanks Greg.

    Thanks Counter.
  6. wow,wow,wow how lucky to come across this!
  7. senna


    Jan 6, 2007
    San Jose Ca.
    What a find Torben. And you documented it well.
  8. Absolutely amazing, I've never seen anything like this. Thank you for posting these. Great job!
  9. tojor


    Jul 27, 2005
    Thanks Arcinio. It was exciting to follow this.

    Thanks Troy. I have seen some of these emergences this year but this is the first with this specie.

    Thanks Linda. It's amazing to watch.

    Thanks Phil.
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