Saturday, 28 June 2014

Dragon meets Spider.


Whilst on a recent hunt for butterflies I came across this female Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum). The dark brown/black pterostigma distinguishes this species from the Keeled Skimmer.

The image above clearly illustrates the flexibility of the trailing edge of the wing where the veins become much thinner thus enabling the wing to twist and adapt its shape to aerodynamic forces.

When I re-found this dragon I was so engrossed in focusing on her that I didn't realise until I reviewed the image that it had perched right next to a web and the Spider carrying its egg sack was on the other part of the bent stem! The dragon eventually flew away leaving the Spider to wait for more appropriate prey.

As usual all the shots were taken hand-held with the 450D and 70-300 lens.

Linking to Camera Critters and Saturday's Critters.

Have a good wildlife watching weekend, wherever you are.   FAB.

22 comments:

  1. Wow - what a find, Frank! Amazing photos!

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  2. Great shots Frank. Those wings are just amazing, nature is a great engineer!...[;o)

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  3. HI Frank Wow! What a wonderful find and of course fantastic shots. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  4. Great shots Frank, they are all superb

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  5. Excellent and I am so glad to hear you take your shots hand held as well, it just makes it so much easier I think. Thesea re great!

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  6. What wonderful images! Excellent. :)

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  7. I'm absolutely blown away by the clarity of these photos and the uniqueness of the captures. Wow! Thank you!

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  8. 450D and operator are working well Frank Cracking close shots.

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  9. Amazing photos! The dragonfly is gorgeous.

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  10. Wow, really cool dragonfly shots. Great capture of the dragonfly and spider. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post with Saturday's Critters.. Have a happy day!

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  11. These are just amazing images Frank,love the wing details.
    Looks like its eyeing up the Spider for a snack.
    John.

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  12. Love posts like this. I love dragons and spiders so for me it is fascinating.
    Really lovely images Franks.......especially the wing detail.

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  13. Super action shots of dragon fly and spider.

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