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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 43

Image Taken on 25 Aug 2013 at 12:37    Image of day on 15 Oct 2013

This was an unusual moment to photograph - the legs are down even though it had flown non-stop for at least several seconds. At 4 fps the insect was flying towards the camera and made a right angled turn with little forward motion (all in 250mS) and then accelerated to the left.
Do the legs change the aerodynamics to improve the turn?
Had it spotted something to eat? Dragonflies sometimes predate small butterflies, catching them in flight.


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Image Taken on 30 Aug 2016 at 10:58    Image of day on 15 Oct 2016

A male Southern Hawker Dragonfly hovering in front of the cameraman for a couple of seconds, drifting slowly to the left. We have picked 4 frames from the sequence that allow accurate positioning without overlaps.


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Image Taken on 30 Aug 2016 at 10:58    Image of day on 15 Oct 2016

Another hover by the same insect.
Note how the legs are completely folded up - something you DON'T see when we photograph Dragonflies in our flight tunnel where they are in free flight but too soon after launch for the 'undercarriage' to have been raised.


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Image Taken on 13 Sep 2016 at 14:46    Image of day on 02 Nov 2016

This male Southern Hawker Dragonfly started hovering long enough to get the camera on him and focus. Here are 3 frames from about 1 second of the hover.


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Image Taken on 15 Sep 2011 at 13:14    Image of day on 31 Oct 2011

Some hazy sunshine brought out this male Southern Hawker dragonfly. The insect hovered long enough to get the camera on him for 9 frames, of which we have selected 4 for a little montage of various wing positions.


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Image Taken on 13 Aug 2017 at 12:31    Image of day on 30 Sep 2017

3 Hours later over the Duck-shaped pond this male Souther Hawker Dragonfly was hawking and hovering over the water. These 3 images are about 140mS apart


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Image Taken on 28 Sep 2016 at 14:05    Image of day on 15 Nov 2016

This image from a flyby shows the wonderfully complex head and thorax.


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Image Taken on 28 Sep 2016 at 14:05    Image of day on 15 Nov 2016

A Southern Hawker Dragonfly still patrols the main pond at the least show of sunshine. Here he is hovering almost motionless (except for the wings of course) so we have spread the images and not tried to hide the background repeats.


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Image Taken on 17 Sep 2018 at 13:57    Image of day on 06 Nov 2018

A male Southern Hawker Dragonfly over the meadow, in among several Migrant Hawkers without obvious conflict.


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Image Taken on 26 Aug 2016 at 10:51    Image of day on 14 Oct 2016

A mid-morning flight for this male Southern Hawker Dragonfly moving through the position of sharp focus for just this one frame as he spends the whole day patrolling his patch around the main pond.


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Image Taken on 10 Sep 2006 at 12:50    Image of day on 20 Sep 2006

Decades ago we photographed dragonflies in flight at great effort using flash and electronic triggers. With a bit of luck a modern SLR can do a creditable job hand-held.


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Image Taken on 27 Aug 2013 at 12:50    Image of day on 26 Oct 2013

An accurate montage about 140mS apart of this male Southern Hawker Dragonfly flying by at speed.


Ref: 20131026_df1_20130827_1250_672-673 southern hawker dragonfly male in flight 1+2 of 2 (accurate montage @ 7fps)(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 21 Aug 2013 at 13:37    Image of day on 14 Oct 2013

Photographing dragonflies in flight outdoors is very hit and miss. Lock the camera focus at 2 or 3 meters, lock shutter and aperture (camera Manual mode), about 135mm lens, point the camera at the darting little creature and hold down shutter on 'repeat' whenever you are pointed in roughly the right direction and distance. We get about a 1% useable rate but it is fun trying!


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Image Taken on 01 Sep 2014 at 16:15    Image of day on 12 Nov 2014

Hawker Dragonflies can basically fly in any direction they want. This Southern Hawker one was dropping down at about 45 degrees under perfect control. Accurate montage at 7 fps


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Image Taken on 27 Aug 2013 at 12:45    Image of day on 26 Oct 2013

This male Southern Hawker Dragonfly photographed at 7 fps was hovering and drifting slightly left over the duckweed. So imagine the head just moving left at the same height.


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Image Taken on 01 Sep 2014 at 16:18    Image of day on 12 Nov 2014

This male Southern Hawker dragonfly seemed at the time to be stationary, but over the 22 frames of which this is the first and last, he rose about 1 body length during the 3 seconds.


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Image Taken on 08 Aug 2015 at 10:58    Image of day on 11 Oct 2015

A Southern Hawker Dragonfly has at last made an appearance - as usual over the main pond. At 7 fps we caught this moment as this male was rising almost vertically.


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Image Taken on 15 Aug 2014 at 14:05    Image of day on 26 Oct 2014

Out in the sunshine this Southern Hawker seemed at the time to be making a sharp turn in flight as appears here. But we were surprised when building this montage that all 3 images overlaid one another when aligned against the background. So it was in fact turning in a hover - probably against the North-West breeze that has been dominating the last few days. So we considered 3 separated frames but decided to show you what we thought we saw!


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Image Taken on 01 Sep 2010 at 11:17    Image of day on 27 Oct 2010

Despite the poor weather the brief periods of sunshine brought out a few dragonflies. They are getting a bit tatty now following encounters with blackberry thorns etc., but worth a few outdoor images on-the-wing. It is really only possible when they hover for a moment - here two frames about 150mS apart as he drifted forward a little.


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Image Taken on 23 Nov 2018 at 06:57    Image of day on 08 Jan 2019

Next morning (camera back to 'normal') sees this Sparrowhawk make a botched landing before circling round for another go (too quick for the camera to catch) before spending a few minutes gazing straight at the bathroom where the light being turned on may have made the bird think it was light enough to hunt. Looking out of the window with house light off showed our eyes no detail at all. The bird has already missed the landing when the flash first fires.


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