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Copper Demoiselle

Copper Demoiselle
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Copyright: Hans Hendriks (hansh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-05
Camera: Canon 20D, Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Damselflys [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-02 8:15
Viewed: 3367
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Copper Demoiselle - (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis)

The Copper Demoiselle is a large damselfly. Like all European Calopteryx species, its flight is fluttery and butterfly-like and - uniquely among European odonata - Calopteryx males engage in a dazzling display flight to attract females into their territories. The Copper Demoiselle's range is limited to the Western Mediterranean basin and includes Italy, the South of France, the Iberian Peninsula and the Mediterranean Islands. Here in Italy it's quite a common species and at some of our local rivers and streams it can be very numerous. Unlike its congener the Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo), Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis doesn't seem to be too picky when it comes to habitat selection; the water quality needs to be reasonably good but after that any running water - large or small, slow or fast, sandy or rocky, sunny or shady - seems to be acceptable. The species' most distinctive features include the rosy-red underside of the last three segments of the male's abdomen (which gives the species its scientific name), and the dark band which runs through the female's hind wing tips and which is clearly visible when she folds her wings together.

KOMSIS, marianas, horias, Dis. Ac., KRALKOBRA, boreocypriensis, eng55, uleko has marked this note useful
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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-12-02 8:42]

Hi Hans,
Beautiful composition ...
Color and details, very nice macro values.
Best wishes,

What a great capture!
Very sharp details and colors are wonderful.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-02 9:17]

Wonderful Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis!
Great details, beautiful light and colors.

Hallo Hans,

zo jij hebt een prima staaltje werk afgeleverd met dit plaatje.
Pracht van een juffer met mooie kleuren en god gezichtsveld.


hallo Hans
En weer een mooie
zo goed scherp en leuke compositie die v;eugels omhoog
super mooie kleuren
groetjes lou

Hi MF Hans,

Apart from the impressive quality of this great macro capture, i also like your notes. This one is novelty for me. I think it does not find in Turkey and Cyprus.
TFS and have a nice night MF!


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-12-02 18:26]

Hi Hans,
I love the liquid gold in the wings, and on the body.
Excellent details and exposure.
The pose is very fetching, and the blurred BG shows off the subject well.
TFS. : )

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-03 1:03]

Hi Hans,
Beautiful capture of this Damselfly.Colors,POV,simple BG,DOF and details are excellent.Have a great day!
Thanks for posting..

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-03 3:39]

Hello Hans,
This is a fantastic capture of this beautiful Damselfly settled in a very nice pose. Great sharpness and the copper colour is wonderful and looks magic against the matching background.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Ciao Hans, elegamt damselfly with splendid wings, great sharpness and fine details, fantastic blurry BG, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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