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My first Brown Hawker!

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by Counter, Aug 17, 2009.

  1. Counter

    Counter

    Sep 18, 2007
    London
    I don't know where they have been all my life as they are very common but I finally caught up with one this morning :smile:

    A male Brown Hawker - Aeshna grandis (is it me or do these look a bit Autumnal already?)

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    D300, 60mm AF-S, SB400
     
  2. Like the photo's, is that what I would call a dragonfly? excuse my ignorance.
     
  3. Counter

    Counter

    Sep 18, 2007
    London
    It is indeed. And how is Truro these days? I used to live in Falmouth when I was a student.
     
  4. nice shots Counter - he looks a bit dusty in the first shot :) 
     
  5. Counter

    Counter

    Sep 18, 2007
    London
    Thanks, I thought that too :biggrin:

    He also looks like he comes from a very un-smoke free environment!
     
  6. 3whiteroses

    3whiteroses

    664
    May 23, 2008
    Maryland
    Good looking! Love the coloring with the spot of blue in the eyes.
     
  7. Beautiful crisp shots. Well done.
     
  8. I do like your shots. Surprising as it may seem after our wet summer that tree looks as if it hasn't had enough water !!
     
  9. Counter

    Counter

    Sep 18, 2007
    London
    Thank you Charlie. This was in a corner of Hampstead Heath where at least three different species of Dragonfly seem to congregate. There is a fallen tree there surrounded by brambles which has been a good site for Common darters recently (as it was today) but this is the first time I've seen one of these there.
     
  10. Ryan Bradford

    Ryan Bradford

    518
    Jul 14, 2009
    Rochester
    Oh WOW, i dont know what to say that second shot is just brilliant!
     
  11. Beautiful

    If they always land on dead leaves it's no wonder you haven't seen one before:biggrin:

    Larry
     
  12. Nice shots!

    The season of photographing these hasn´t even start yet and you already got one! :biggrin:

    I mean I don´t even try these yet, I´m waiting September-October, that´s the right time to shoot these as weather gets cooler they are quite calm fellows then...
     
  13. Counter

    Counter

    Sep 18, 2007
    London
    Thanks everyone - thanks Jukka. I think I was very lucky then! It's true he didn't stay around very long.
    I saw several Migrant Hawkers (which wouldn't sit still) and countless Common Darters (which would) in that same pretty confined but very sunny corner. I was amazed at how high some of them were flying. I'll hopefully post some Common Darter shots in a day or two - they always seem to let me get incredibly close :smile:
     
  14. tojor

    tojor

    Jul 27, 2005
    Denmark
    Nice catch Counter. They are pretty hard to catch. I get very few shots of them every year although I see a lot of them. Very skittish dragonfly.
     
  15. Counter

    Counter

    Sep 18, 2007
    London
    Thank you Torben.
     
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