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Copyright: jaap polak (carper) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1
Exposure: f/8, 1/145 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-08-08 7:41
Viewed: 4123
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
the Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum
Well distributed, has benefited from the gravel pits and grazing by cattle which creates bare ground. Only recorded at standing water bodies.

Spotting: Often confused with the Broad-bodied Chaser, the Black-tailed Skimmer is characterised by a blue abdomen in the males with a black tip, orange patterns down the sides and a lack of basal black markings on the hind wings. The confusion with the Broad-bodied Chaser is often made over the colouration, but when observed in their respective habitats, there are clear differences.

This species favours sites with bare, trampled ground. When hunting, they make skimming flights over water, very close to the surface and will clash with other males where their territories meet. They can often be observed flying vertically upwards when "fighting" other males.

Females are seen less often, preferring to spend their time in fields and areas away from the water. Their yellow and black-banding colouration is similar to immature specimens of both sexes, such that it is not reliable to sex an immature in the field.

On this interesting site you can see whole note.here

Wel this is a F8 shot I hope you can see it. The details in this fantastic male darter are fantastic, I hope you agree with me.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-08 7:50]

Hello Jaap!
Very nice capture.It seems too tired.POV,DOF and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2005-08-08 7:55]

Wow Jaap,

This one looks like a crashed helicopter and a pilot with sunglases.

No realy, very interesting picture. I specially like the wing details.

Keep on shooting Jaap.

Oudoe eh,


Very good macro, Jaap.
The POV, compostion and detauks are very good.
Well done, my friend.

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  • Lia Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 17 N: 135] (952)
  • [2005-08-08 9:27]

Prachtige foto van een oeverlibbel.
goed dichtbij kunnen komen zonder hem te doen schrikken.
Ik heb ze zelf ook in mijn collectie zitten .
Mijn wens is ooit een koningslibelle te fotograveren.
Groetjes Lia

Hello Jaap!
Wonderful macro again.Sharpness,details,POV and composition are wonderful.Thanks for sharing.

Great macro Jaap! I like this crop and it's composed well..Excellent POV and details, Well done!

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-08-08 10:37]

Hello jaap!
Wonderful macro.It's very close and well detailed.Thanks for posting.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-08-08 13:39]

Hello Jaap,

Ik ben het met je eens; de details zijn fantastisch. F8 is volgens mij te kort (maar ik ben een leek op het gebied van macro fotografie hoor, dat zeg ik meteen). De kleuren zijn prachtig en de compositie is echt heel erg goed. Volgens mij is het lijfje een beetje overexposed. Mooie foto! TFS!


This is a very sharp (and well composed) shot!
TFS, Laurent

Good shot Jaap,
Good detail and good POV. Nicely exposed. Nicely composed. Excellent notes.
Well captured, thanks for posting.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-08-08 18:47]

A nice capture Jaap,
Excellent composition and POV.
Great colours and detail,a little OE on its abdomen but not enough to be distracting.
A great shot,well done.


Nice shot Jaap!
The POV is perfect, composition great.
Details are very good though not very sharp. Ovearll, very interesting capture of this nice d'fly.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-08-09 5:03]

Very good POV this time Jaap! Detailed and well composed. I know these dragonflies very well - there are plenty of them around my favourite pond. Good work!

Jaap, another Black-tailed Skimmer. Great!!! You are a lucky man. I havenīt. ;-)
Excellent Jaap, great lighting, details and sharpness, nice bg and contrast.
Very well done, thanks for sharing.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-08-09 17:40]

Jaap, a beauty indeed.

Great pov and composition. As usual, these guys seem to be smiling.

Excellent sharpness and details.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-08-09 19:15]

Sorry Jaap, I have no time to write a proper comment. I give to you the well deserved smily.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2005-08-10 3:19]
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Dag Jaap,
Wij zijn soms rap geneigd om alles een trap te geven, maar we beseffen niet hoe mooi de natuur in elkaar steekt, hier een bewijs door u geleverd, mooi werk dergelijke macro Jaap. Zonder twijfel ik houd van uw werk!

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