Thursday, 11 July 2013

The Emperor.


Whilst on another butterfly foray today I came across several of our most aggressive odenata, the Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator), vigourously  patrolling their territories throughout the glades and woodland edges by chasing away all and any interlopers.

Fortunately one individual male decided to take a brief rest and provided an opportunity for me to get a close up view.

All images taken with the 70-300 lens, handheld.  FAB
 
Linking to NF Winged.

24 comments:

  1. Excellent shots of the Emperor, Frank. The detail in the last shot is fantastic.

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  2. You have such lovely, amazing shots, Frank! Love that close up of the first. It's a real beauty!

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  3. They don't rest much do they Frank. Great shots.

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  4. Extraordinary detail of the wings! So love the different perspectives in each photo!

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  5. Wow! That last one is especially beautiful!

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  6. Gorgeous! I like the colour and the patterns on the wings.

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  7. Yes, the last shot is wonderful, a perfect study of this gorgeous blue and green Emperor Dragonfly.

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  8. Thank you for your visit with me.
    This was really great photos you've got here.
    Nice with little contact from other continents.
    Hugs, Karin

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  9. Lovely shots of a beautiful dragon Frank. Always fascinating to watch dragons patrol their territory.

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  10. Gorgeous shots of the Emperor, Frank! Great closeups!

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  11. Wow Frank,three magnificent captures.
    Love the last image,superb shot.
    John.

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  12. Great shots of the Emperor!
    That is definitely one of my favourite dragons although quite common in France and not too difficult to shoot especially laying females, fortunately!
    The males can be quite cooperative especially in the late afternoon after a long patrolling day but often hide in the grass and that is quite frustrating!
    These pics are brilliant, Frank! I lobe the mix of blues and greens!
    Many thanks for kindly commenting our publications on Libellules de France! ;-)

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  13. Great images Frank. So, once in a while, they do take a rest?...[;o)

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  14. What perspective, color and detail!

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  15. Wow!! I am amazed with that last macro!!!
    And thank you for your comment on my damselfly!

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  16. Very nice! That last shot is just spectacular!!

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  17. HI Frank great shots of this Dragonfly. while away at my old caravan, I managed to take a shot of a Dragonfly (just) and will include it in my post today. I wonder wold you mind looking at it and telling me what kind it is please, Have a great weekend. Margaret

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  18. I love these photos! Wings like fine lace -- Beautiful closeups -- so wonderful that he sat for his portrait.

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  19. I don't think I've commented on this one yet; lovely series; these dragonflies you get to see Frank are spectacular as are your photos of

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  20. Wow! Beautiful shots. Great close-ups. And the background is nice (the green brings out the green/blue even more). - It seems like every time I take a photo of a dragonfly they're on a dead flower!

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  21. gorgeous shots of a "hard to catch" dragonfly. Love the details and colors. :)

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  22. Quel bel Anax ! Il est rare que je le croise de mon côté. Une fois cette année !
    Bravo, superbes photos !

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