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Thursday, 29 July 2010

Migrant Hawker

Back to dragonflies again, this time a female Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta), which I found sunning itself on a bush.  I did see the male version of the Large Red Damselfly from a previous post, but he really was not going to play ball with the camera.

Don't worry, she's not really stuck in the spiders web:

To get these I had to lean quite a way into the bush, hanging on to it with one hand to avoid becoming one with nature, which left only one hand to hold the camera - normally I would have used a tripod, but it wasn't an option.  Camera shake (and there was lots of it given my oddly contorted, one legged stance) was eliminated with a hotshoe mounted SB800 speedlight and a fair bit of luck!

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