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Catch Me If You Can!

Catch Me If You Can!
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-15 3:05
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Number 13 in my D-flies battle with Horia.

Today big, beautifull and too fast to capture dragonfly - Aeshna Grandis

Yesterday I was walking around my favourite pond in Botanic Garden when I spotted this really big insect. For first look you can't see dragonfly but great, amber wings flying almost to fast to track. But after while I said to myself - I can do it! and I started taking photos. None of them was as good to show alone, so I've made small collage of pictures.

Aeshna grandis - Brown Hawker

Locally common and widespread. Adults can be seen between mid June and late September. The Brown Hawker is found on sheltered lowland lakes and fens. It can overlap with the more upland Common Hawker Aeshna juncea on cutover lowland bogs. The species shows some tendency to wander, but not as much as Aeshna juncea.

This species is unlikely to be confused with any other due to its brown coloration and amber-tinted wings.


* both sexes are large and brown
* wings are tinted amber which is very noticeable in flight
* two pale yellow stripes on side of thorax
* males have a waisted abdomen with blue spots on the side

National Museums and Galleries of Northern Ireland and Environment and Heritage Service, 2000

How it started?

My full list of 13 species:

1) Erythromma najas - Red-eyed Damselfly
2) Sympecma fusca - Common Winter Damselfly
3) Coenagrion puella - Azure Damselfly
4) Calopteryx splendens - Banded Demoiselle
5) Ischnura elegans - Blue-tailed Damselfly
6) Lestes dryas - Robust Spreadwing
7) Anax imperator - Emperor Dragonfly
8) Orthetrum cancellatum - Black-tailed Skimmer
9) Sympetrum danae - Black Darter
10) Libellula quadrimaculata - Four-spotted Chaser
11) Sympetrum striolatum - Common Darter
12) Sympetrum sanguineum - Ruddy Darter
13) Aeshna grandis - Brown Hawker

Picture taken here

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-08-15 3:33]
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Hi again, Greg :)

I see your post and it's definitely BIG! :)
Aeshna grandis - a splendid and respect commanding insect that i have not seen yet :( I'm telling you: one day, we have to visit each other's favorite habitats so that we both can see and photograph new and interesting species ;)

From what i read in your note, this one is super difficult to catch in-flight, so the idea of a collage is exceptional! The outcome is a superb presentation, with 4 slightly different POVs that shot the characteristics of this species well. I think my favorite is the one in the left lower corner :)

Again, the best of luck to you and hope that you can picture as many different d-flies as possible!

Bravo, TFS and take care, my friend

PS: in your critique today, you mentioned a "secret weapon"...you made me very curious :) What is it??? A new lens or a new tactic, maybe??? :)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-08-15 4:09]

You're too fast for me Greg!!
And these d-flies look to fast for you too.
Well done on your presentation - bravo!

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-08-15 4:46]

Hi Greg,

Very nice collage showing the inflight dragon fly. I like the light from your photos showing nice colors of insect's body against the darker background.

Thank you for sharing,

Dang it...Now you have me...this is synchronicity...just yesterday I tried to do this with one who was bombing me and circling but I got dizzy and almost fell trying to shoot it..if someone were watching me, they would not have known what I was doing and more than likely called the EMT's to rescue me:-) fine montage...

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-15 11:40]

Hi Greg. One more for the list , as you say not an easy one to get when inflight but you have done well. all four pictureds are difeerent. well done TFS.
Nick.. Have a good weekend. How is the young man .

hello greg,
very nice work, excellent compilation of the four shots, you have captured the flying insect with good skills, i liked the first one the most,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-08-15 23:34]

Hi Grzegorz.
Simply amazing collage of a very cute species taken at so impressive moment. Great freezing, amazing details and sharpness. Colour of the BG and reproduction of the pond (may be) surface are stunning. Great work. And my greetings.

Hi Greg,
A nice collage of this beautiful giant dragonfly. Very well composed with good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Greg,
Great collage showing the flying of a d-fly. TFS.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-16 4:18]

Hello Greg, Wonderful shot and a lovely collage of dragonflies. Good shot and I like the 2nd shot on the right with the blue eyes. Well done. Ganesh

Hello Greg
Beautiful well panned inflight profiles of Aeshna grandis - Brown Hawker. Good key identification notes. TFS.

Hello Greg
Excellent collage of my favourite dragonfly.TFS, Oana

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