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Southern Hawker

Southern Hawker
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-09
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-12-08 1:03
Viewed: 1583
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Southern Hawker or Blue Darner (Aeshna cyanea) is a 70 millimetres (2.8 in) long species of hawker dragonfly.

It is large, with a long body. It has green markings on the black bodies, and the male also has blue spots on the abdomen.

The Southern Hawker breeds in still or slow-flowing water, but will wander widely, and is often seen in gardens and open woodland. This is an inquisitive species and will approach people.

The adult eats various insects, caught on the wing. The nymphs feed on aquatic insects, tadpoles and small fish ambushed in the pond they frequent until they emerge as adults in July and August after three years’ development.
This is a large, brightly coloured Dragonfly. The males are often seen patrolling by a ponds edge or river, where they fight away intruders, crashing into rival males and spiralling through the air. The females are quite inconspicuous when they lay their eggs, but they sometimes give away their spot by clattering up from the reeds. If you look carefully you can sometimes find them ovipositing (laying eggs) into some moss, reeds or rotten wood. The males are sometimes very curious and come flying up to you, allowing a close view.
The eggs are laid by jabbing the abdomen into rotting vegetation or wood. The eggs hatch in the spring, after being laid in the previous summer or autumn. The larvae live on small tadpoles and invertebrates. They emerge after 2–3 years.(Wikipedia)

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2012-12-08 2:31]

Very colorful and dramatic image! it would have been interesting the see the whole insect, as we well.

Have a pleasant weekend, Siggi,


Hello Siggi,
This image is so good it is almost unreal! I just love this wonderful portrait of the dragonfly. Fabulous!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-12-08 3:33]

Hello Siggi,
Great macro in beautiful natural colours. Fantastic sharpness and details. Good DOF and composition.

Ciao Siegfried.
Ottima macro di questo esemplare di Aeshna cyanea,con notevoli dettagli e splendidi colori naturali,eccellente la nitidezza,proprio un bel lavoro bravo.
Ciao Marco.

excellent closeup of dragon fly. good clarity and framing. tfs.

Hello Siggi
Excellent photo, good depth of field, nice point of view to show the interesting details.
regards yiannis

Hello Siggi,
An excellent macro with great details and sharpness,very well composed and nice natural colours.

hello Siegfried,
great macro. fantastic detail and well composed. good colour.
best wishes.

hello Siegfried
super good macro with great details and beautiful colours
great shot
thanks greeting lou

Hello Siegfried,
As usual another a very nice macro with amazing details and of the eye and body of this dragonfly. The colors are excellent. Very nice composition and POV.
Outstanding WB....I like the superb natural shining colors.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-12-08 12:17]

Hi Siggi,great macro in the body and head of one of the most big dragonfly,very good details and perfect capture of the tipical colors of this specie.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hello Siggi,
A excellent macro with fine details, colors & composition. Well done & presented. Nice work & TFS. Best wishes!


Hello Siggi
Great macro with interesting composition, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness.

Ciao Siegfried. Great close up MF. A difficult POV here but details and sharp are perfect. Wonderful natural colours.


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