Random Dragons & Damsel

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Hello!

Some random shots taken this summer...

It was really a pleasant surpize to find this female Lestes dryas, Large Fairy-Damsel as we call them. I was at the O. cecilia place which is not typical for Lestes species and I have never seen them there before. I saw this and immediately noticed how robust it is and realized it´s a L. dryas not L. sponsa which is very very common here.
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L. dryas is not exactly that rare but very localized.
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This is a female Lestes sponsa, quite a bit slimmer than its cousin (note the tiny spider lurking above its head)
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And a male Lestes sponsa
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While shooting O.cecilias this male Sympetrum flaveolum posed nicely and I couldn´t refuse
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Calopteryx species are always so nice to watch. This is a male C. splendens
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Female C. splendens
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I have watched some Cordulegaster boltoniis and their culinarist habits and they seem to be specialized to bees and wasps. This male C. boltonii is a real old war horse. Its upper left wing was totally cut and there was only about 3mm left of it. But still hunting without probs, a real fighter
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Then some DIF shots.

Two shots of the same male Aeshna juncea
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And finally a finnish speciality, one of the couple species which foreign Odonata enthusiasts come to see here, A male Aeshna crenata. Very large Dragon, very aggressive towards the others and really controlling the air. Note very vibrant blue color compared to A. juncea.
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There were several female A. crenatas laying eggs. This one took a rest between the task and let me took some shots. Female crenata is very easy to ID even in-flight because of the brown areas on its wings
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Oh, forgot! Not the best pic I have got but this was my photographed species #50, a male Aeshna caerulea
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Thanks for looking! :smile:
 
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Beautiful collection, Jukka.

We also have Lestes Dryas and Aeschna juncea, though I have yet to find the latter species.

How many flight shots did you take to get these two? Do you use any special techniques for shooting flying dragons?

Cheers,

Larry
 
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Thanks, guys!

About the DIFs: I use half MF, half AF. Meaning I try to get the Dragon somewhat clear in VF by MFing and then hit the shutter button all the way down (AF) and when the cam achieves the focus lock it will fire right away. Sometimes it work, sometimes it won´t... Using only the center focus point...

I guess I need to take something like 20 shots to get couple of decent ones...
 
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Thanks, guys!

About the DIFs: I use half MF, half AF. Meaning I try to get the Dragon somewhat clear in VF by MFing and then hit the shutter button all the way down (AF) and when the cam achieves the focus lock it will fire right away. Sometimes it work, sometimes it won´t... Using only the center focus point...

I guess I need to take something like 20 shots to get couple of decent ones...
I'll have to try that again. Unless I am doing something wrong when I have tried to get close on MF first the lens would just hunt all over on AF as if I was not even close. I was always under the impression that the lens would only have to decide on a range of a few feet if you were close rather than 6 ft to infinity. hmmmmm
 
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gahh that makes me squirm to see them up close like that. I can only look at the photo for like a second then I scroll away. any closer and I would need to get my fly swatter to bat my monitor.
back on topic Nice shots crisp and sharp.
 
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I'll have to try that again. Unless I am doing something wrong when I have tried to get close on MF first the lens would just hunt all over on AF as if I was not even close. I was always under the impression that the lens would only have to decide on a range of a few feet if you were close rather than 6 ft to infinity. hmmmmm
Forgot to mention I use a tripod when shooting DIFs. The head is quite loose but offers still enough support...
 
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