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Southern Migrant Hawker

Southern Migrant 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: 2012-12-09 3:15
Viewed: 1718
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Southern Migrant Hawker or Blue-eyed Hawker (Aeshna affinis) is a dragonfly found in southern Europe and Asia. It is in the family Aeshnidae and is very similar in appearance to A. mixta.A. affinis is a small Aeshna and very similar to the related A. mixta with which it is easily confused. As its name suggests the male has blue eyes and also blue marking on the abdomen. A. affinis lacks the yellow T-shaped mark which is found on the top of the second abdomen segment in A. mixta. The markings on the side of the thorax are also different in A. affinis and A. mixta. In A. affinis the sides of the thorax are greeny yellow with fine black lines along the sutures. In A. mixta the sides of the thorax are similar in colour but the yellow is separated by dark brown areas so it gives the appearance of having two broad yellow stripes.
A. affinis is found in southern and central Europe and all around the Mediterranean, in North Africa and the Middle East and across Asia to China. It is found on many Mediterranean islands including Menorca, Corsica, and Sicily. Where it occurs with A. mixta, which has a more northerly distribution, it is less common. It is a migrant species and so is found further northwards in good years.
Adults emerge in May and are on the wing until September. After emergence the immature adults move away from water and spend a time feeding and becoming sexually mature. This period will last 10 days to many weeks. Males are often seen patrolling low down whereas A. mixta tends to patrol higher up in the trees. After maturation the males patrol well vegetated ponds and lakes looking for females. The female will be grabbed and the pair will copulate. After sperm is transferred the male A. affinis stays with the female for egg laying which is usually in vegetation. A. affinis is the only European Aeshna to lay its eggs in tandem; the only other European hawker to lay eggs in tandem is Anax parthenope. The laval stage usually lasts two years.(Wikipedia)

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Interesting species of dragonfly. good angle and perfect lighting with good clarity. nicely taken. tfs. I love the blue tints around the insect.

Hello Siegfried,
Another excellent closeup captured with nice sharp details and depth,remarkable transparent effect of the wings and colour luminosity.
TFS and my regards_Joy

Hello Siegfried,
Good photograph, very sharp details, good composition, fair background.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Siegfried
very well taken picture of this Blue-eyed Hawker.
great clarity, colour and composition.
best wishes,

hello Siegfried
super good picture with great details and beautiful colours
thabks greeting lou

Ciao Siegfried.
Aspettando i nuovi esemplari di libellule ci accontentiamo di guardare le tue splendide foto,grande la nitidezza di questa che ci presenti questa sera,con ottimi dettagli e stupendi colori,eccellente la composizione bravo.
Ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-12-09 12:25]

Hello Siggi,
Fantastic sharp detailed macro of this dragonfly in splendid clarity and colours. Great blurry background, POV and composition. A beauty!

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2012-12-09 14:23]

remarkable DOF with this, Siegfried, .. colour spectrum rendering and bg effective neutrality have to be mentioned too, .. a great DF capture here, .. TFS

best wishes

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-12-09 14:42]

Hi Siggi,a wide view on the big dragonfly,excellent capture whit the best details from the head to the end of tail,and perfect saturation too.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Hello Sigfried
Excellent photo, nice setting and background,good light and detail.
Perfectly focused.
Nice colourful dragonfly
regards yiannis

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-12-10 3:25]

Very good picture of this beautiful species. Congratulation. SAludos.

Hello Siggi,
Very good DOF and beautiful colours and clarity. Well captured and presented.

Hello Siegfried
Fantastic macro. Wonderful composition,beautiful colours and impressive sharpness.
Thank You
Have a good day!
Best regards
J. Diogo

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2012-12-10 13:05]

Hello Siegfried
Nice closed up once again.Good point of view and sharp image with amazing details.Great natural colours also
TFS Michel

gotta love the dragonfly! Lovely capture with crisp detail

Hello Siegfried,
Not very much time to spent on TN. As usual a top quality image with superb colors. Amazing details of this interesting dragonfly specie. Very good WB and perfect POV. Incredible sharp details and lovely clarity.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-01-28 22:46]

Hello Siegfried
such a lovely composition of this detailed dragonfly. The sharpness is splendid with the net like wings are so pretty.
The blue stripe at the tails are marvellous.
Well presented composition.


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