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This male Canada Darner ( Aeshna canadensis ) actively patrolled a large section of pond, probably on the hunt for mates. He interacted with the Paddle-tailed Darners and Four-Spotted Skimmers in the area, swooping at them in what were apparently territorial challenges. Or, he thought them all to be potential mates.

Canon Rebel T1i (500D)
Canon EF 300mm 1:4 L IS USM
Canon EF 1.4x II Extender
420mm, 1/500 sec, f / 8, -1/3 EV, ISO 640
Hand-held

UBC Botanical Gardens and Centre for Plant Research
Vancouver, BC
26 Aug 2010

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Comments

  • JennD73
    JennD73over 4 years ago

    Very cool capture.

  • Thank you very much, JennD73.

    – Wolf Read

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

    Great shot!I am still trying shot one in fly..very hard and you did so well!! ;)

  • Thank you much, Edyta. Keep practicing—with time, you will capture dragons in-flight.

    – Wolf Read

  • Roberto Nogueira
    Roberto Nogueiraover 4 years ago

    you made it !! It is hard to do it, they don’t let you, very good shot

    SAWIDI,

    Bebeto.

  • Thank you much, Roberto Nogueira. I get these flying darner shots because I am often forced to: Most members of the darner group rarely perch (save at night).

    – Wolf Read

  • ZeeZeeshots
    ZeeZeeshotsalmost 4 years ago

    Awesome capture!

  • Thank you much, Zoraida.

    – Wolf Read

  • Kane Slater
    Kane Slateralmost 4 years ago

  • A belated thank you much, Kane, for featuring this photo in dragonflies.

    – Wolf Read

  • Peter Stone
    Peter Stonealmost 4 years ago

    fantastic capture

  • Thank you much, Peter.

    – Wolf Read

  • Russell Couch
    Russell Couchalmost 4 years ago

    Stunning capture awesome work

  • Thank you much, Russel.

    – Wolf Read

  • William Brennan
    William Brennanover 3 years ago

    Mid air?? Seriously? This is amazing Wolf. The detail is unreal. =)

  • Thank you, William. With a little practice, mid-air shots become somewhat routine. Takes a lot of patience, with plenty of missed shots.

    – Wolf Read

  • Briar Richard
    Briar Richardover 3 years ago

    To see this guy in flight is amazing, but to see all his arms folded behind his head and below the thorax for arodynamic efficiency is a spectacular rarity! This is a gem, Wolf!

  • Thank you, Briar. One of the things I enjoy about photography is being able to see things that are not so apparent when observing the subject with the naked eye. (Your Moon shots are stunning.)

    – Wolf Read

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