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Erland



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 1:22 pm    Post subject: I'll eat anything Reply with quote

Mosaic Darners are as large as dragonflies comes. Wing span is about 100 mm. This species is a Aeshna cyanea, and it is certainly my favorite. There is nothing like watching this insect fly around in paths close to you and a bit away from the water, hunting down any flying insect in its way. Most prey are so small it's not seen by the observer, but still the dragonfly can rather quickly fill it's mouth with a chewed up ball of insects, not able to eat it as fast as it's catched.
Often I have observed the foraging behaviour for like 5-10 minutes.

They are hard to get close to when perched, and often you'll never see one perch and get any opportunity for a photo. On cooler days the chances are greater, as flight may not last continously for hours Smile

An other darner, Aeshna mixta once landed on my chest with a fly in its mouth. Flying of again the remains were the wings of a fly who disappeared. I could only brush those of my shirt.


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gunn



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

a stoically silent shot, contributed to in no small part by the gleaming green and the bleachy blue. and accompanied by an equally detached narrative!

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2005 2:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice image Erland and in interesting narrative. The eyes on these things are amazing, so large! Thanks Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2005 3:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice details. You even captured the tiny little hairs around its face.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2005 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"I'll eat anything"

I thought you had a shot of me for a minute Erland Shocked Very Happy Wink . Excellent shot and right in your face this one. Wonderful shot and work. Sharp exactly where it needs to be and the colours, are brilliant.

All the best Erland, love this one Very Happy

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