Voracious Predator - Bush Giant Dragon Fly - NZ by AndreaEL
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I was thrilled to capture my very first dragonfly, they colours are truly amazing especially when the sunlight catches their wings and head. I waited patiently for one to land close enough to get a capture.
Bush giant dragonfly Uropetala carovei
The bush giant dragonfly is New Zealand’s largest dragonfly, with a body length of 80-85 mm and a wingspan reaching 140 mm or more. It is found throughout both main islands, and is often seen and its loud clattering flight is heard when hovering around forest clearings during the summer. They are voracious predators that can consume 20 flies in an hour, and sometimes catch large cicadas. They are preyed upon by kingfishers, wasps and rats. The male has large, petal-shaped hind appendages.
http://www.terranature.org/gigantism.htm
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 March 2011 Rural Southland NZ

Voracious Predator – Bush Giant Dragon Fly

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My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 3 years ago

    wonderful macro Andrea

  • Lynn thank you for your lovely kind comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • GregTS
    GregTSover 3 years ago

    Andrea, Magnificent capture AND photo!!
    Greg :)

  • Greg thank you for your lovely kind comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • DutchLumix
    DutchLumixover 3 years ago

    Very well captured !!!

  • Erik thank you for your lovely kind comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamover 3 years ago

    Great capture, love the green eyes

  • Robert thank you for your lovely kind comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 3 years ago

    beautiful work love it

  • Martina thank you for your lovely kind comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 3 years ago

  • Thank you Ann

    – AndreaEL

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekover 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture and info Andrea ~ I’d love to see these giant beauties!

  • Susie thank you for your lovely kind comment, much appreciated. I was so excited to capture one at long last.

    – AndreaEL

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 3 years ago

    Fabulous shot!

  • Shulie thank you for your lovely kind comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 3 years ago
    Exceptional clarity Andrea – great shot!
  • Roy thank you for your lovely kind comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • hampshirelady
    hampshireladyover 3 years ago

    Such a good capture Andrea – dragon flies are not easy – so well done you! x

  • No they are not easy, but patience pays off. Thank you for your lovely kind comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

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