Roy Lowry

Roy Lowry

Posted on 06/19/2014


Photo taken on June 18, 2014



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female
broad-bodied chaser
flight shot
Burton Mere Wetlands
Libellula depressa
dragonfly
Canon EOS-1D X


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Broad-bodied Chaser Female in Flight

Broad-bodied Chaser Female in Flight
I was standing by the small dipping pond on the new Inner Marsh Farm path at Burton Mere Wetlands watching a male broad-bodied chaser who had obviously claimed it as territory.

Suddenly a female appeared and he grabbed her in mid-air. I stood camera at the ready waiting for them to settle, but they didn't. Instead she separated and started egg laying.

I set up for flight shots (servo focus and 12 fps) and had a go. This is the result.

Puzzler4879, Gerald Schmitt, Mitch Seaver, Minty Chewson have particularly liked this photo


16 comments - The latest ones
Minty Chewson
Minty Chewson
They tend to come back to the same spot
3 years ago.
Roy Lowry has replied to Minty Chewson
Thanks Minty. I was starting to notice that. Saw a couple on a local pond today whilst carrying macro gear - might be worth going back with the heavy artillery.
3 years ago.
Minty Chewson has replied to Roy Lowry
Dragonflies and Damselflies fly around then land back in the same spot each time unless disturbed. The trick is just to watch for a few minutes to find where the landing spot is, then rig your camera equipment carefully near to that spot, so when it returns you are ready.
3 years ago.
Roy Lowry has replied to Minty Chewson
The male behaved like that - and was duly photographed each time he landed - but the female came in, mated in mid-air, laid her eggs then disappeared without touching down once.
3 years ago.
Tango1221
Tango1221
A brilliant flight shot Roy,great job mate.And thanks for the pics and info,much appreciated.
3 years ago.
Roy Lowry has replied to Tango1221
Cheers Colin. You're most welcome.
3 years ago.
Mitch Seaver
Mitch Seaver
Great image!
3 years ago.
Roy Lowry has replied to Mitch Seaver
Many thanks Mitch.
3 years ago.
Stanley Sutton
Stanley Sutton
Seen in **Ipernity Addicts***
3 years ago.
Roy Lowry has replied to Stanley Sutton
Thanks Stanley.
3 years ago.
Vivienne Beck
Vivienne Beck
That is really excellent! Well done!
3 years ago.
Roy Lowry has replied to Vivienne Beck
Thanks again Vivienne. This is another example of the kit delivering.
3 years ago.
tarboat
tarboat
Ah yes, copulation in this species is both violent and rapid. You managed a fine shot of the insect in flight, ovipositiing.
3 years ago.
Roy Lowry has replied to tarboat
Many thanks. The act did sound rather violent.
3 years ago.
Puzzler4879
Puzzler4879
Thanks for the great shot, Roy, and for the "play by play" description of the action!
22 months ago.
Roy Lowry has replied to Puzzler4879
Many thanks. You're most welcome.
22 months ago.