Surveying "The Territory" by Wolf Read

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

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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  • Jon Lees
    Jon Leesover 4 years ago

    wow spot on!! lovely capture FWR !!

  • Thank you very much, Jon.

    – Wolf Read

  • Edyta Magdalena Pelc
    Edyta Magdalen...over 4 years ago

    Amazing shot!! and very hard to do ;)

  • Thank you much, Edyta. It has definitely taken some practice to do these kinds of photos, but they are not quite as challenging as they may seem (especially with modern DSLRs).

    – Wolf Read

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 4 years ago

    August 29, 2010

  • Featured! Thank you very much, Teresa! This is a great honor.

    – Wolf Read

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 4 years ago

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 4 years ago


  • Thank you much, lorilee.

    – Wolf Read

  • Brian Pelkey
    Brian Pelkeyover 4 years ago

    Very steady hand-held. Just a fantastic shot!!

  • Thank you much, Brian. It is not just holding the camera steady: Dragonflies wobble all over the place in flight, so most shots come out looking a bit fuzzy. Unless one is shooting at very fast shutter speeds, a sharp version is somewhat of a random thing.

    – Wolf Read

  • Michaela1991
    Michaela1991over 4 years ago

    This is a fantastic capture, Well Done :-)

  • Thank you much, Michaela1991.

    – Wolf Read

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 4 years ago

    What an absolutely marvellous capture! A beautiful dragonfly! And thanks for the information and I.D.!

  • Thank you much, Mike Oxley, and you are welcome.

    – Wolf Read

  • Russell Couch
    Russell Couchover 4 years ago

    Brilliant shot nice one!!

  • Thank you much for the comment on my flying dragonfly, Deerhunter.

    – Wolf Read

  • davvi
    davviover 4 years ago

    great capture.

  • Thank you much, davvi.

    – Wolf Read

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