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First Dragon Fly I've ever seen in my garden... Migrant Hawker I believe.

 
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Aug 25, 2013 21:17 |  #1

Just got back from a week in Disneyland Paris, a quick peruse of the garden revealed a nice surprise.

I've never been fortunate enough to see a Dragon Fly in my garden. Either because there has never been any or just that I've missed them (suspect the former). Anyway, on a quick perusal in the garden today I spotted this beauty on one of our conifers. A quick browse of UK Dragonflies shows it to be a Migrant Hawker. This one was around 5-6cm in length.


The first shot in the Conifer. Not brilliant. I should have opened up the aperture to reduce DoF in the BG but I was more concerned about getting at least one shot in case it flew off.

IMAGE: http://ipc.smugmug.com/Close-Ups-Macro/Macro-7D-Canon-100L/i-hHSDgMp/0/O/IMG_5815.jpg


A little closer

IMAGE: http://ipc.smugmug.com/Close-Ups-Macro/Macro-7D-Canon-100L/i-Xxnfx57/0/O/IMG_5819.jpg

After the second shot, it flew off but then returned a few seconds later. This time with a droplet on its eye.
Two similar images, the second of these two is not a crop but just a bit closer to the Dragon to try and get the water droplet more defined.

IMAGE: http://ipc.smugmug.com/Close-Ups-Macro/Macro-7D-Canon-100L/i-gKjS7fn/0/O/IMG_5820.jpg

IMAGE: http://ipc.smugmug.com/Close-Ups-Macro/Macro-7D-Canon-100L/i-SsxTXNL/0/O/IMG_5823.jpg

Of course we now move onto the obligatory finger shots, not before it had flown away a further 2 times as far as two gardens away before coming back hence the resulting smaller droplets on the eye.

IMAGE: http://ipc.smugmug.com/Close-Ups-Macro/Macro-7D-Canon-100L/i-Gfr6dV8/0/O/IMG_5826.jpg

IMAGE: http://ipc.smugmug.com/Close-Ups-Macro/Macro-7D-Canon-100L/i-XmFqBv8/0/O/IMG_5825.jpg

The portrait shot. I would have preferred more DoF but hand holding a 7D with flash and diffuser on with one hand and trying to get a sharp shot is not the easiest thing to do.

IMAGE: http://ipc.smugmug.com/Close-Ups-Macro/Macro-7D-Canon-100L/i-8Lb7GdF/0/O/IMG_5827.jpg

Finally, the top side shot. I would have loved to have got the whole dragon in to show all 4 wings but I needed to hold the camera or my finger at a further distance and open up the aperture to avoid a cluttered BG (not easy when holding the camera in your only free hand) however it was getting a bit more active at this point and looking to head off...which it did straight after this shot. Looks like it had a few water droplets on the wings too.

IMAGE: http://ipc.smugmug.com/Close-Ups-Macro/Macro-7D-Canon-100L/i-q9rd4Mp/0/XL/IMG_5828-XL.jpg

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Aug 25, 2013 21:21 |  #2

Beautiful!


I am looking forward to learn something here.:D

  
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Aug 26, 2013 01:14 |  #3

Wonderful stuff. I've only just managed to photograph a Hawker on my finger for the first time a week or so ago.
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Aug 26, 2013 04:28 |  #4

Great set!
I saw a dragon a few times perching on a wooden branch.
Never saw it again after like four times.
And I constantly meet a damsel all the way uphill. :)
Although it hides pretty well.


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Aug 26, 2013 05:04 |  #5

I prefer the close ups (#4/5/6), really good detail, colors, lights, soft background :)

I really have no idea how you guys manage to have dragonflies on your fingers, I already find it so hard to get close (< 1m) without them flying away! sometimes I'm lucky and they stay on the same branch (after flying away a couple of time when I'm approaching)


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Aug 26, 2013 06:46 |  #6

Thanks all, I'm really pleased about these shots. An opportunity of shooting a Dragon that I thought I might only get by heading out to nature reserves etc. (not a problem there of course as there are a few within 30-40 mins) however I never expected to see one in my garden. Plus, to get it onto my finger is a massive bonus :)

I really hope it comes back or more come to visit. When it flew off, it went up to the top of a sycamore tree.


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Aug 26, 2013 07:09 |  #7

Super sharp shots and really interesting read. I recently was fortunate enough to take my first shots of a Migrant Hawker and like you the dragon flew away only to return around ten minutes later. However, I did not have the confidence of offering it my finger. It amazes me how you managed this!


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Aug 26, 2013 07:14 |  #8

Lovely dragon shots, Ian. Great colours and light also.


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Aug 26, 2013 08:10 |  #9

Thank you Alex and Ish :)


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Aug 26, 2013 09:02 |  #10

great stuff Ian.nice of him to pose like this.


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Aug 26, 2013 09:45 |  #11

wow, fantastic Ian!


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Aug 26, 2013 11:37 |  #12

these are very nice Ian, esp handling the dragon


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Aug 26, 2013 12:05 |  #13

Hmmm, I saw this dragonfly at Chester Zoo didn't I??? PMSL...

Nah, straight up, as I said, super shots buddy! :)

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Aug 26, 2013 12:40 |  #14

LMAO Paul :D. If that think descended on my garden it would have trashed the entire garden and next doors too :).

Thanks again all :)


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Aug 26, 2013 13:24 |  #15

Fantastic set, the colours really pop




  
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