A Cardinal Meadowhawk (Sympetrum illotum) pauses on its preferred perch along the shore of a small pond. One of about four males that were active on this warm day, this meadowhawk kept vigil for food and any nearby females. Guided by gossamer wings tinged with red, these crimson darts actively feed on the numerous insects that occupy wetlands.
Canon Rebel T1i (500D)
Canon EF 300mm 1:4 L IS USM
Canon EF 1.4x II Extender
420mm, 1/640 sec, f / 8, -1/3 EV, ISO 640
Botanical Gardens, University of British Columbia
07 Jul 2010