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Here be dragons...yarr! (Updated 7-13-08)

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by Argent, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. Ok so only 2 really - an unknown and a Celithemis eponina (Halloween Pennant)

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  2. Holmes


    Oct 28, 2006
    Wyoming, USA
    Where's Don Quixote when ya need 'im?!

    Nice shots :) 
  3. tojor


    Jul 27, 2005
    Nice catch Paul. The Halloween pennant sure has some purdy wings.
  4. Spectre


    Feb 20, 2008
    Nice Paul,
    Wish we had the Halloween Pennants around here.
  5. I like them. I don't believe I have seen either one of these. Thanks for posting them.
  6. Torben - any idea what the first one might be?

    Thanks for the compliments - that halloween pennant is always fun to shoot - and the orange colors make it stand out amongst the greenery.
  7. Spectre


    Feb 20, 2008
    It's hard to tell what the first dragon is but it could be the Band-Winged Meadowhawk - Sympetrum semicinctum.... or a meadowhawk of some sort.

    Here's a pic of one...Band Winged Meadowhawk - Young Female

    Although in your picture, the tinting on the wing can't be seen... in the shadow beneath the wing, it is apparent there is some tinting in the wing next to the body.
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  8. Thanks Paul (wow like I'm talking to myself - hehe) you look like you're on to it - without being able to see the tinting of the wings - the rest of the colorization sure seems to match that photo....

    If I see this one again I'll try for a better shot from behind....

    I think I'll also just keep periodically updating this thread with my dragons so as to not keep creating new posts.
  9. Fresh update from today! (I missed a really pretty solid red dragon with clear wings today - he took off before I could get a shot and I never saw him again - hopefully another time!)

    Unknown Dragon?fly
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    Unknown #2
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    and of course you can't have dragons without damsels (in distress?) hehehe

    Unknown damselfly
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  10. Nice set(s) Paul

    I wouldn't bet on the first Sympetrum being a band-winged. They are hard to tell when immature and there's not a lot of colour in the wings.. Unknown #1 is a spreadwing (damsel) of some sort. Unknown #2 is an immature male Widow skimmer.


  11. Nice captures Paul, interesting variety of dragons/damsels :cool: 
  12. Fresh update! with some more unknowns!

    First up a front and back shot of the same pretty dragon! (ID needed)
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    next up - one of my favorites - Halloween Pennant
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    Next one is unknown - but I don't think I've seen it before...
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    and I believe this is some kind of meadowhawk (but what I found interesting was the red 'bulb' looking things underneath the wings behind the rear legs (eggs?)
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  13. Spectre


    Feb 20, 2008
    Really nice Red Dragon there Paul... I'm jealous. Nice Set....
  14. thanks Paul - been hunting that one for a few days
  15. Look at Species. Lestes you should find it there.

    Bob f.
  16. Butlerkid

    Butlerkid Cafe Ambassador Moderator

    Apr 8, 2008
    Rutledge, Tennessee
    Nice control of DOF. Great shots!

    Are you using the 70-300 with the attachments? Hand held or VR?
  17. Nope - shooting the 300 F/4 prime - no VR, no attachments, and all handheld

    Thanks Bob for the clue on the spreadwing....looks like it may be a Lestes dryas
  18. Jeff Lee

    Jeff Lee

    May 16, 2006
    Nice images.
  19. anyone have any ID suggestions even for that red one?
  20. Spectre


    Feb 20, 2008
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