In BC, this late in the dragonfly flight season, not as many species are about. The shortening days, longer, colder nights and cool rains of strengthening Paciifc storms are not favorable to the survival of adult dragonflies. Many of the familiar “perchers” are gone, including the Eight-spotted Skimmers, Four-spotted Skimmers and Common Whitetails. A number of the darner species have vanished as well. A few dragonflies, however, persist into autumn. This includes the aptly named Autumn Meadowhawk, the Variegated Meadowhawk and the beautiful odonate depicted in the photo above: the Paddle-tailed Darner (Aeshna palmata).
Canon EOS 60D
Canon EF 300mm 1:4 L IS USM
Canon EF 1.4x II Extender
420mm, 1/2000 sec, f / 8, 0 EV, ISO 2000
Richmond Nature Park, Richmond, BC
25 Sep 2010