Another lodger in the Polytunnel

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Another lodger in the Polytunnel

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Post by Moriati » August 24th, 2018, 1:04 am

This nice specimen decided to park itself in my polytunnel, and as always, selected a place to rest in the most inacessible spot possible but after balancing precariously on the stageing between the boxes of seedlings, managed this shot:


I think it is the Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) but not certain.

Why do insects constantly fly in through the open door then refuse to fly out again?
Dragonfly Southern Hawker.jpg

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Post by fungio » August 24th, 2018, 9:25 am

i would say you are spot on with Southern Hawker Moriati :)

as to why they fly in but dont fly out again, they probably like the shelter and the easy food supply inside your poly tunnel :D

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Post by redman » August 24th, 2018, 10:14 am

great photo :)
we saw lots of large dragonflies on a woodland path the other day, we counted 50/60 of them darting about, almost to fast to follow with the eyes,
no idea which species they were, as there seemed to be several different colours among them, and none of which came close enough or settled to be able to get a photo :(
i always associated them with water, but this was far from the nearest pond or river (that i know of) in the area, i suppose the available food supply means they have to travel to feed ?

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Post by mary » August 24th, 2018, 1:02 pm

i agree, a great photo,
i often see dragonflies on my walks, and well away from ant water like ponds or rivers,
but as you say, they never stay still long enough to get a decent image :(

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Post by sted » August 24th, 2018, 4:06 pm

yes, a great photo, well done for capturing it :)

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Post by joboyd » August 25th, 2018, 12:31 pm

well done indeed ! thats the sort of photo i can only aspire to :)

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Post by Moriati » August 25th, 2018, 11:35 pm

Thanks for all your comments and it is nice to know the pictures are appreciated. What none of you see is the crazy antics this old guy goes to to get a photo. My weapon of choice is a 60mm Macro lens, which requires me to get very close to the subject, (6" - 8", <20 cm). Having climbed onto the staging and balancing on one foot, camera in one hand, with the other hanging onto the roof hoops, this can take anything up to 40+ shots before I get one properly framed and focused. Naturally, the subject will move to a new location just before I get into place for the shot.

Maybe one of these days one of my collegues will find me hanging upside down with a broken leg, carefully holding the camera containing the shot of a lifetime. :cry:

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Post by mary » August 26th, 2018, 11:41 am

Moriati wrote:
August 25th, 2018, 11:35 pm

Maybe one of these days one of my collegues will find me hanging upside down with a broken leg, carefully holding the camera containing the shot of a lifetime. :cry:

if that happens just make sure that your rescuers do not get a photo of you hanging upside down and post it here for all to see :D :D

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Post by makman » August 26th, 2018, 7:56 pm

:D :D :D it might make for a good caption competition if they did post the photo though :)

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