Thursday, 30 July 2009

Female Keeled Skimmer

The common opposite work is acid heathland and during a short walk this morning I located this female Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens), another first for me. Note how the wings are held well forward at rest.
Taken with 70-300 lens, f5.6, 1/400. [Click to enlarge]

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  1. That's a really lovely photo.
    What is it that he's resting on?

  2. Great shot Frank; and that would be a first for me too.
    Seems their range is very localised; south and south west.

  3. Lynne. She was perched briefly on heather which covers a large part of the common.

    Keith. Cheers, definitely an inhabitant of damp lowland heath. The males are a lot easier to ID from their distinctive blue, wedge shape.

  4. Hello Frank. Love all these dragonfly shots. Looking through the butterflies in previous post I see we have a lot in common like the Common White, Common Blue and Painted Lady. How wonderful summer is to have this great variety of inscects around.

    Have a great weekend.

  5. Frank, what a great photo! You captured it perfectly.

  6. Hi Joan. There is no doubt that the weather conditions this year have responsible for the increased numbers of butterflies. Great that we able to share many species despite the distance between us.

    Mona. Thanks.

    Cheers Steve.

  7. nice one frank,
    Ive not come across this species before. Maybe in wales?

  8. Warren. Wales is possible but need a wet, lowland heath site. You could try this link to search for a location.

    Have fun while you are away.

  9. Well spotted Frank and a cracker too! As is the pic!

  10. ...a very interesting looking fellow. I've yet to get a decent photo of a dragonfly....or damselfly....or skimmer. Your photo is fabulous!

  11. Cheers Kelly. I actually need a D & D ID guide so that I know what I'm loking at!!

  12. Wow Frank, that's a rare one.


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