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Today I’ve been photographing dragonflies in Diemer Vijfhoek 🙂 I still don’t have a macro lens; these were taken with XF18-135 and all are cropped. Anyway, here are four beautiful dragonflies and some brief information about them. Hope you’ll like!

(1) Vagrant darter (Sympetrum vulgatum) – male

Quick fact: It hovers and then, as the name suggests, darts out to surprise its prey. Then they take their catch to a favoured perch to eat it. Very similar to the Common darter (Sympetrum striolatum), but it has a “hanging” mustache.

(2) Black-tailed skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) – male

Quick fact: It’s a narrow-bodied, medium-sized, straight-sided dragonfly. It can be seen flying low over the bare gravel and mud around flooded gravel pits and reservoirs, before landing on the bare shore to rest in the sun.

(3) Migrant hawker (Aeshna mixta) – male

Quick fact: It’s not a particularly aggressive species, and may be seen feeding in large groups. Hawkers are the largest and fastest flying dragonflies; they catch their prey mid-air and can hover or fly backwards, although the Migrant hawker is smaller than other hawkers.

(4) Black-tailed skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) – I’m not sure, it’s either an immature male or a female

Quick fact: They breed in very large number in newly flooded gravel pits. (See also above.)

16 responses

  1. Beautiful photos

    August 5, 2018 at 6:38 PM

  2. I can’t believe how much I learn here! Looks
    Like we have lots of migrant hawkers around😊 great pics as always!

    August 5, 2018 at 7:36 PM

    • Thanks so much, Tony! 🙂 I’m happy you learned something new!

      August 5, 2018 at 7:56 PM

  3. Always look forward to your Sunday posting and these are fab shots! Must try and get a few dragons myself.

    August 5, 2018 at 7:42 PM

    • Thanks so much, Brian! 🙂 I’d love to see your dragonfly shots! Although I’m enjoying the butterflies so much! 🙂

      August 5, 2018 at 7:58 PM

  4. Love the lacework of dragonfly wings and you’ve captured them really well.

    August 6, 2018 at 5:49 PM

    • Thanks so much! 🙂 Yes I think the pattern is so beautiful.

      August 6, 2018 at 6:17 PM

  5. OK, I’m going to be lazy and ask when you’re coming here, to photograph our dragonflies? Because between the plants, the birds and everything else, it gets overwhelming. 🙂 Nice ones, Camilla!

    August 7, 2018 at 6:29 PM

    • Thanks so much, Lynn! 🙂 I haven’t been to your island but I’ve been in the area (Seattle, Vancouver, San Juan island) and I saw so many dragonflies we don’t have over here. I’m counting on you to take pictures of them and share on WP 😉

      August 7, 2018 at 7:10 PM

      • Oh, that’s a stretch! We have to slow them down. There are some big ones lately….and I saw a red one the other day that I did photograph, but it didn’t turn out well. And I am really overwhelmed lately with things to do. I shouldn’t complain, but there it is! 🙂

        August 16, 2018 at 7:21 PM

        • What, are you insinuating that setting up your new home etc is more important than chasing dragonflies with your camera! 😉

          August 17, 2018 at 12:50 PM

  6. Beautiful images👏💕

    August 8, 2018 at 7:17 AM

  7. Somehow I missed these first time around! Who needs a macro lens when you can produce images like this. Many photographers are sticking with medium to long zoom lenses to get shots like this. I would suggest you probably wouldn’t get these with a macro – you would have to get too close. (Only my opinion, of course 😎)

    August 12, 2018 at 6:58 PM

    • The ideal would be a long zoom macro lens! 🙂 Fuji only has one macro lens, it’s a fixed 80 mm that seems amazing. Maybe.. 😉

      August 12, 2018 at 7:52 PM

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