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Migrant Hawker

Migrant Hawker
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): My Photos for my website [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-17 1:16
Viewed: 5539
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I finally photographed a dragonfly in-flight!!
I worked out that it was a Migrant Hawker so here's some info.

Latin name: Aeshna mixta

Size: Wingspan approximately 80mms

Distribution: Found in many areas of England and Wales. Rare in Scotland. Range expanding.

Months seen: July to November

Food: Insects

Habitat: Woodland ponds, garden ponds and often seen hawking along woodland rides.

Special features: Feeds mainly in the afternoon and evening. When perched they hang vertically to catch as much sunlight as possible.

The male is brown with blue markings. The female is brown with yellow markings.

Juvenile males are brown with greyish markings.

The Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) is with its length of 63 mm one of the smaller species of hawker dragonflies. The species prefers still or slow-flowing water and can tolerate brackish sites. The flight period is from July to the end of October. They can be found in North Africa, southern and central Europe to the Baltic region.

In the United Kingdom this insect was rare until the 1940's when it began migrating from the continent in large numbers. It continues to do so and is now a resident breeding species throughout England and Wales. It reached the Isle of Man in 1998 and Eire in 2000.

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jmirah, LordPotty, haraprasan, eqshannon, pierrefonds, angybone, uleko, Silke, Argus, ellis49, Jamesp, jaycee, vanderschelden, marhowie, SelenE, horia has marked this note useful
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Hi Yoey,

I recognize this little insect. We have these species also in the Netherlands. Wonderfull colours. It's a perfect flying machine. Fast and manoeuvrable. I think that your shutterspeed is to low. In the circumstances a great capture. Well done. Regards and TFS Bob

Interesting info

Hi Joe,
A superb capture of the dragonfly in flight. Outstanding POV with excellent color and detail. Very well done.


Hi Joe,
I've yet to shoot one in flight myself.
The details on the head etc are great,but I think as Bob says you need a different shutter speed to capture the wings too.
If you look at the specs of other shots of in flight dragonflies you should be able to get some idea of the settings to use.
I'd probably crop a bit more off the left and bottom myself.
Very interesting capture though.

You are getting some pretty keen eyesight and fast fingers there Joey. I haven't been around TN long enough to see any others, so this is my first. I still cannot get near them so you must be quite tenacious.....Your work paid off.


Hi Joe,

A nice image of the migrant hawker, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


Very cool...in flight! GREAT!!! This is interesting, well done, and unique. Love it!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-17 7:22]

Hello Joe,
Well done, they're so hard to capture in flight. I like the sense of movement here and the colours are lovely.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-17 7:36]

Amazing to see just the body still hanging there!
Great composition and colours

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-17 7:38]

Congrats Joe!
Join the Dragons-in-flight Capture Club! Great capture of A. mixta with good DOF and sharpness showing all the characteristics. Fine composition with natural BBG.
Well done and TFS!
Have a nice weekend,

Hi Joe,
this is a very good in-flight shot especially taken with a
small S3, I own a S1 and I know how hard it's to get a shot like this, congrats.
The picture is well composed with nice colours.
The details are pretty good but I think you can add some more
sharpen and a bit more contrast too, I did a WS to show,
anyway is still a very good picture.
Very well done.

Fantastic catch, Joe,
I love the dragon so much and you captured it so sharp and impressive, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Curiosa y bonita toma de la libélula en vuelo y muy bien captada a pesar de la dificultad de la toma.
Abrazo Joe.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-08-17 15:08]

Hi Joey

What an anazing shot - unusual and very effective.

Today was like 'rush-hour' for various dragonflies in my garden - dodged one and another flew into you!!


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-08-17 15:40]

Hi Joe,

How wonderful capturing this dragonfly in flight. The body and head are nice and sharp. A great first attempt. Knowing you you will perfect this technique very quickly.


hello joe,
wow, a flying dragonfly shot taken with perfection, so far i have never been able to get one. sharp image with good details, nice dof, lovely colours, well composed shot,
tfs & regards

Hi Joe,
A beautiful capture of this hawker flying action. Very nice POV and details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

TFS your in flight dragonfly..., Joe
I don't know whether it is a male or a female 'cause it has blue as well as yellow markings...

Hello Joe,
You've done an excellent job with this.
I know how many times you tried this with either nothing in the frame, blurred subject, or part of the dragon outside the frame :)
Well composed and a great POV.
Very good sharpness, color, DOF, and exposure. The grassy OOF BG works well too.
Very well done!

Hi Joe,

A very difficult shot, handled well, I like it, well done.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-08-22 0:22]

Hi Joe,
Nice in-flight capture of this dargonfly. I liked the composition and colors. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2007-08-23 11:56]

Hi Joe

You have my admiration finally catching one in flight. I have tried and failed. I can manage drone flies, just not dragonflies.

Well done and TFS

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-09-30 12:59]

Hello Joe

I for one know how difficult such a capture really is due to the fact i've tried it several times with my S2 and secceded only VERY few times.
This is a splendid shot of a magnificent species that is presented with impeccable sharpness and in lovely colors tha contrast well with the BG.
The composition is also very pleasant, leaving plenty of room in front of the animal.
All-in-all a gorgeous job!

Bravo and TFS

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