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Pied Paddy Skimmer Female

Pied Paddy Skimmer Female
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Copyright: Paul Lees (PaulLees) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 548 W: 0 N: 1647] (9004)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-12-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor 55 - 300mm Zoom, UV filters
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-02-03 3:49
Viewed: 2646
Points: 41
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Pied Paddy Skimmer Female, Female:Differs significantly from the male in body markings and colouration. The face is olivaceous yellow.
Eyes: Pale brown above, which fade to pale olivaceous towards the sides and below.
Thorax: Greenish yellow with a bright yellow mid dorsal stripe. This stripe is broadly bordered with blackish brown throughout.
Legs: The outer surface of legs is yellow and the inner surface is black. Wings: Base of the wings bright amber yellow. Front edge of the wing is blackish brown, broadening into a very large blackish brown spot. This spot extend to the rear edge of the wing. In hind wings this spot is irregular or sickle shaped. Tips of all wings are broadly blackish brown.
Wing spot: Dull brown.

The pied colors and the habitat give them the name pied paddy skimmer. It is the males which have the black colored wings as above, while the females have golden yellow wings with dark spots/tips. These paddy skimmers are often found around ponds, fields, and all kind of pools of water. Their flight is also conspicuous,
Though seen throughout the year, studies show that they are most abundant during the summer monsoon – when the water supply is plentiful – and increases the survival rates of the larvae.


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Hi Paul
Lovely and elegant macro.Great sharp details.
Beautiful colors and BG.

just look at that beauty, don't you love it when they just pose so perfectly for you? :0) Great capture my friend!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-02-03 5:07]

Beautiful species with fine colors, well captured . tfs.

Hello Pauly,
A photo in fantastic clarity. Superb sharpness, details and splendid natural colours. Beautiful blurred background. Very nice composition.

hello Paul
very good sharpness and nice composition with great details
lovely colours to
thanks greeting lou

good capture with sharp and well composed frame.

Superb detail and and good setting and background.
Good point of view and composition.
A very good photo of this dragonfly.
regards yiannis

Hello Pauly!
I see that you brought some jewelry from Thailand in your luggage...eheheheheh Explendit shot with amazing sharpness and good focus, BG and lovely natural colors.A perfect picture.Bravo! TFS
Regards from,

spectacular subject, congratulations Paul for the picture, awesome colors for dragon fly and beautiful composition,

have a good time,

ciao, tino

Great macro Pauly! The composition and the colours are excellent. The sharpness is impressive!

I am sure Peter made a mistake .... isn't it ? He he he we have fun here... the image of this dragonfly seems perfectly fine to me ..well except the issue of the white balance seems unresolved! Fine clarity brilliant light and simplicity Pauly! A winner!
George Veltchev

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-02-03 8:35]

Hello Pauly,
A great macro of this female Paddy Skimmer. A great POV that shows her features with top sharpness and natural colours against a pleasing green OOF natural BG.
Thanks and have a good weekend MF,

Ciao Paul, great macro of lovely dragonfly, fantastic golden color, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Pauly,
amazing dragonfly. Nice composition. Very good sharpness and details.
Have a nice weekend,

quality on top in this wonderful macro!
regards Paul

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-02-03 11:08]

Great picture, clean and sharp, and a pretty libélula. I like it. Un saludo.

Hallo Paul,
a very beautiful macro shot of the Pied Paddy Skimmer taken from an excellent point of view with fine details and splendid colours, perfect composition
Best regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-02-03 14:05]

Hello Paul.
Great shot and a beautifully presented composition, the detail is excellent with a superb pose and POV, I really like the colours.Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-02-03 14:27]

Hi Paul,beautiful wings position and very impressive sharpness and colors,i like the total details from the head to the tail,perfect saturation too.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano.

Hello Paul
Wonderful macro of this dragonfly, light well managed and very warm colors.
Hello Nico TFS

Hello Paul
Wonderful photo with nice colours and good sharpness.Regards, Paolo

Hello Pauly

Excellent shot of this insect with fine POV
and appropriate framing, beautiful light,
great focus, sharpness, details and contrast, TFS


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