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Blue-tailed Damselfly

Blue-tailed Damselfly
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Copyright: Andy Brook (AndyB) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/8, 1/105 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-08-17 10:19
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A male Blue tailed Damselfy (Ischnura elegans) bending its tail (maybe to attract females?).
I captured this one this morning by the side of a pond whilst on a dragonfly search,I saw several but had no luck in capturing one :-(

The Blue-tailed damselfly is common in the UK and can even be found near water that has some degree of pollution.The females exhibit a number of colour forms,which makes this species interesting to study.The most striking is a pink-red form called rufescans,which is an early colour form maturing into the yellow brown rufescans-obsoleta.

photo cropped and sharpened USM 30%
Reduced brightness -10
contrast +2
Neatimage used on the background.

PDP, japie, ellis49, carper, nwoehnl, Jax, letr, Catcher, phlr has marked this note useful
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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-17 10:23]

I've never seen one do that! Wonderful capture Andy. Good colours and composition is very effective. Nice one.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-08-17 10:35]

This guy is going to get a cramp looking for ladies! The image contains excellent DOF and clarity. First time I've seen one with its vut in the air. Well taken.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-08-17 10:46]

Excelente Alain.
Muy buena perspectiva y claridad, ayudada por un atinado DOF.
Buen encuadre y nota que la acompaņa.
Gran oportunidad bien aprovechada!

Excellent Alain.
Very good perspective and clarity, helped by an accurate DOF.
Good frame and note that accompanies it.
Great opportunity and well taken!

Very nice Andy
Good colors and composition.
Good note
Well done

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-08-17 12:12]

Nice one Andy,
Very nice capture, with his lovers tail. So it
pass better on the photo, good colours and good sharp, great job

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-08-17 15:08]

I think this one likes golf! What a club he will make! And I see he is giving you the twice over, a real beady eye you got her, Andy. Very nice, the tail really adds a different POV to this guy.

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  • milloup Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 482 W: 40 N: 619] (1716)
  • [2004-08-17 16:37]
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Nice and sharp capture showing a peculiar behaviour ;-)
I've seen one do this, and afterwards he bent the tail underneath him. I tend to think it's to do with getting the tail end flexible in readiness for mating. It can't be for attracting females as such, as damselflies are much more crude than that - they just grab one and have a go ;-))

Beautiful shot, Andy. You really took advantage of this posing to fill your frame well, with the tail and the wings pointing towards the two corners on the right. Great colors and fine DOF, just like it should be.

I can answer the whats he doing? He's cleaning his wings this isthe standard way of doing it and blue tails have to do it quiet often as one of their hunting methods is to snatch prey off spidders webs.
Very nice clear image very well captured

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  • Jax Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 77 W: 0 N: 150] (500)
  • [2004-08-17 18:04]

Great composition Andy colours are good too.
Informative Good note as well.

No...its not to attract females...but to attract photographer hi hi :)
nice macro any way.

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  • letr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 50 N: 47] (130)
  • [2004-08-18 16:32]

I guess I must me luckier than you , I cought 6 dragonflies today on the badminton net in the garden ;-).. About the picture.. crisp and clear Macro with excellent colors and a good note !!

Of your gallery I prefer this one as the sharpening here is perfect to the edge giving a clear view by a great DOF, well done Andy.

Funny character these one. Huge eyes, enourmous wings and some kind of "erected" tail.

Good sharp, althought it could have been better.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-04-16 17:08]

Andy, this is funny and nice.

Excellent colors, blurred bg and composition. Sharpness is great too. And, of course, this very nice pose.


  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-07-12 11:50]

What a stange position!
Great capture!
5* photo!

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  • cosmln Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 201 W: 12 N: 493] (1952)
  • [2006-04-12 18:28]

HI Andy!

i like the picture and also this is strange and interesting position. even if that species is very common here and i work a lot with the Odonata i have necver seen something similar.

also one mention, that is a "she" so in normal way will not wait for a female. :D


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