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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: 2009-05-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro EX APO IF HSM, Digital ISO-200, Kood 72mm UV filter
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-14 10:43
Viewed: 3414
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here's a Four-spotted Chaser which I photographed at a lake where we go to sail.

I hope you like it!

Four-spotted Chaser - Libellula quadrimaculata

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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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-06-14 10:46]

Hi Joe . This is a head on POV . You have taken it with good detail and Natural colours. We can see the spots on the wing tips so clearly . I like the plain BG colours. well done tFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-06-14 11:06]

Hello Joe,
Incredible macro! What a close up of the dragon fly. Absolutely amazing. Very, very well done.Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-06-14 11:22]

Hello Joe,
Beautiful clear coloured photo of this Chaser. Great sharp focus on the head with very good details. Excellent natural colours, contrasting against a very beautiful OOF BG. Special POV and very nice composition.

Hello Joe,
excellent capture, sharp details on the wings and great BG,

Hi Joe,

A very good close up, crisp clear focus giving good detail. Good background. TFS



Hello Joe,
Excellent and unusual POV. Very nice panoramic composition with rich colours. TFS,

Hi Joe,

Great shot
Excellent POV, colors, and lighting

TFS Thijs

This one has a stealthy photo adaption as if it were an aircraft readying to take off! I love it....

Hello Sailor ;)
This is a POV we don't see very often.
It looks great though.I don't know why its not used more often.
Excellent exposure with fantastic detail as usual.
Very nice work.

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-06-15 0:47]

Great capture Joe, beautiful sharp details on the wings.
Good background.



Ciao Joe, lovely great POV rfor a fantastic dragonfly, superb details and splendid sharpness, great light and colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

hi joe,
so you are back, welcome my friend and i am quite late i know as i myself was not here at TN, i am glad to see you back for sure, this is a fine capture, i liked the details and the pov,
tfs & regards

Hi OwlMan Joey,
A fine macro capture of a 4-spotted Chaser from unusual but wonderful POV with excellent clarity and delightful composition
TFS this excellent macro mate!


Ciao Joe. Very interesting POV and important sharp for a perfect graphic effects.


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