Surveying "The Territory"

Wolf Read

Vancouver, Canada

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A Paddle-tailed Darner ( Aeshna palmata ) patrols a small section of pond under some thickly foliated trees. This male spent more time looking for a mate than hunting for food. Indeed, a female did show up: She hovered very low, using fronds and cattails as shields in what appeared to be an attempt to hide from the male. She landed on some moss under a fern right on the bank and began laying eggs. I moved to get my camera aimed: this action frightened her and she took off. The male saw the lovely female and immediately zipped after her. After a few attempts at latching on, the female thwarted the male’s advances.

Canon Rebel T1i (500D)
Canon EF 300mm 1:4 L IS USM
Canon EF 1.4x II Extender
420mm, 1/640 sec, f / 6.3, -1/3 EV, ISO 1600
Hand-held

UBC Botanical Garden and Centre For Plant Research
Vancouver, BC
26 Aug 2010

Featured in 300+ Go Long, 29 Aug 2010.

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