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Four-spotted Chaser

Four-spotted Chaser
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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: 2007-05-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): My Photos for my website [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-05 1:08
Viewed: 2854
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Common and widespread. The flight period extends from mid May to the end of August. The Four-spotted Chaser is one of the commonest Irish dragonflies. It is particularly common on sheltered lowland lakes and ponds. It can also be found on acid bogs breeding in very small pools and on sheltered upland lakes. Adults are aggressive and very territorial.

This species may be confused with females and immature males of the Broad-bodied Chaser Libellula depressa and the Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum, however in the latter two species there is no dark spot on the middle of the leading edge of the wings.


Small brown patch on the middle of the leading edge of each wing, this combined with the dark pterostigma is the origin of the name "Four-spotted Chaser".
Brown tapering abdomen, becoming black towards the posterior end.
Yellow markings on sides of abdomen.
Dark brown patch at the base of the wings.

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Hi Joe,
A very good angle of view. Very good colors and details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-05 2:39]

Hello Joe,
Very fine sharp side view of this Chaser. It looks as if he's just caught a small prey! Sharp focus on the eye and fine colours. Well composed too.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Great shot!!
So we're back to dragonflies for a while, huh? :)
What's in his mouth?

Very nice dragonfly image Joe.
Composition is very good and colors wonderful.
Just looks like the image is a little on the dark side wich easely can be adjusted in levels or curves.
Best regards, Harry

Very finely focused and to the point. Your notes are always so complete. Good job...or spot on....there ya' go....


Hello Joe
Excellent shot from Odonata order,
Great focusing,compo and sharpness,
Fantastic colors and BG,Superb shot,friend.

Good Luck

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-05 7:57]

Hi Joe,

Excellent close-up of this Chaser. The pov is marvelous showing him off so well. Details are excellent. I like the way he is holding onto the stalk. Wonderful colors and setting.


bonjour joe
peu etre un leger manque de luminosité et de contraste mais une photo tres detaillée avec un bon DOF et POV.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-05 8:09]

Hi Joe,
Wonderful shot of this Chaser with sharp details and nice colours. I think it is trying to hold down a prey, nice moment captured. Great POV and the BG illustrates the habitat well. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hi Joe,
Very nice capture, great POV, DOF, and detail. What PS program do you use BTW?
IMHO, a slight curves adjustment and light USM here would improve your post.
Well done.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-07-05 9:17]

Hello Joe,
Excellent capture.I liked POV,natural colors,exposure and framing a lot.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-05 12:36]

Hi Joe. Good shot of the dragonfly.nice amber colour it has which you have captured well. a nice POV and DOF. very well done TFS. good notes to.

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2007-07-05 15:43]

Very nice POV and Sharp photo
TFS Roger

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-07-05 22:38]

Hi Joey

I am amazed at your patience - another great posting. I really like the focus you have used here - and the colour saturation is great.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-07-06 0:47]

Joe, Very good focus and side view. But somehow BG little soft. I am not sure why? But the focus is pretty perfect. TFS Ganesh

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-06 3:17]

Hi Joe,
Your POV is very good. I liked the focus, sharpness and composition. TFS

Hi Joe,

A good POV of the four spotted Chaser, the photo has a good composition, DOF and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


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