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Ebony Boghaunter- Williamsonia fletcheri

Ebony Boghaunter- Williamsonia fletcheri
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Copyright: Denis Doucet (Sawwhet) Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 92] (409)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-17
Camera: Nikon D300s, Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4 ED+Nikon TC14EII
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-15 17:02
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Ebony Boghaunter, Cordulie bistrée
(Williamsonia fletcheri)

Adult size: 29-34 mm

Habitat: This species is mainly associated with sphagnum bogs and fen pools. It sometimes uses quite shallow pools at the base of trees on bog edges, such as Black Spruce (Picea mariana) and Larch (Larix laricina).

Flight period: In the Canadian Maritimes (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island), emerges as early as Mid-May and flies until the very end of June, occasionally into July (dates May 16th NS- July 7th NB).

ID hints: A small, shiny, dark (black or very dark brown) Emerald with a metallic green face. With age, its eyes also become Emerald Green, such as in nearly all Emerald species. It also shows 2 white rings on the hind margins of the 2nd and 3rd abdominal segments.

Kouchibouguac National Park Nature Notes: This is a new discovery for the park, first found on May 30th, 2011 on the Sandstone Gardens Trail. It was subsequently found to be locally common at a site on the edge of Kellys Bog that parallels the parkway, between 500m and 1 km before the parking area for the Bog trail.

General Nature Notes: Each year, the Ebony Boghaunter is one of the first dragonflies on the wing across its entire range. It is a rather rare, glacial relict species of dragonfly that inhabits bogs and fens in eastern North America.

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Hi Denis,

Another new one for me! The grey post in contrast with the beautiful green bokeh is a fine setting for the relatively subdued colors of this Boghaunter. Good focus & a perfect POV for viewing the identifying features of this dragonfly.



HI Denis,
nice and interesting macro shot. Many details. Sharpness is almost perfect. Great colours.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-10-16 11:21]

Hello Denis,
splendid image of this beauty in a perfect position!
Excellent sharpness and detail, beautiful natural colors, great depth.Very well done!
Thanks for sharing

interesting species of the family Corduliidae,Denis ... excellent detail and beautiful posture against the trunk
I often use a tripod ,cause I can have a more detailed depth of the subject which are usually small insects, use on my D90 the exposition delayed, they i've not yet purchased the remote shutter ,with ISO 100
thanks sERGIO

hello Denis
super to see this specie on TN
i think first time
super sharpness and good details with beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hallo Denis,
a superb macro of the Williamsonia fletcheri, fine details and marvellous colours, excellent point of view and very nice composition with a lovely pose against a beautiful neutral grey background.
Best regards

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