Sunday, October 12, 2008

EASTERN AMBERWING...

A few photos of the Amberwing this past summer...I must admit, my favorite is the two flying right towards me like little bomber planes!




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16 comments:

Baker Watson said...

Good captures.

I really like the Eastern Amberwings. They are small compared to most of the other pond dragonflies, but they have some interesting behaviors. They are the only ones I often see flying together in 2's and 3's like your bomber plane shot.

And they like very low perches just inches off the water. It makes for some great reflection shots.

Good job.

spookydragonfly said...

They do make for great reflection shots...I have a few. Speaking of interesting behaviour...according to my D&D guide, the males will.. "pretend to lay eggs as if checking on the presence of predators. If nothing traumatic happens, he will return with the female and she will oviposit repeatedly in a small area" Now...that's a real man!

Baker Watson said...

Now that is some great info. I had not run across that. It explains a lot. I have watched that activity several times and could not figure out what it was. They would return to the same spot over and over, dipping repeatedly but not touching the water. I've seen two males alternate over a particular spot. One would wait patiently just hovering nearby until they switched places. But both were males as far as I could tell. Perhaps those were 'practice' runs, lol.

Another interesting thing is the type of spot they preferred. They seemed always to select a shallow water spot with some floating vegetation from a pine tree. Either pine needles, a pine cone, or a small stick from a pine tree. As a matter of fact, they also tend to like to perch on pine sticks in the water even when other types of sticks are available.

Pseudothemis zonata said...

Good morning.
It is a mysterious-shaped dragonfly.
I thought that I resembled a dragonfly to see on the damp plain of the mountain.
By the way, I go to meet dragonflies from noon.

Gallicissa said...

Yeah, I too vote for those bomber plane ones. I like those wing colours of the Eastern Amberwing. I wish I had it in my local patch.

Having a buffer stock of dragon shots is a wise move to last the winter!

spookydragonfly said...

Pseudothemis...I've noticed that you have photos of similiar dragons, yours' seem larger, our Amberwing are small. I go out as soon as the sun warms up, too. This week we were fortunate and have very warm weather again, it'll probably be the last week that I see my friends until next year.

spookydragonfly said...

Gallicissa...I would've loved to have that shot taken with a better camera, although it didn't turn out too bad. Do you take most of your dragon photos in your local patch, or when you do your guides?

Pseudothemis zonata said...

Good evening.
When the late fall when dragonflies disappear comes, I am seized with sad thought. I feel like understanding your heart. November is such time in Japan.

Gallicissa said...

Most of my dragon shots are taken in my home garden and local patch.

When I am guiding, I would opportunistically take a photo or two when there is a special subject.

Pseudothemis zonata said...

I met the dragonfly of a wonderful woman today. She is Mayutate Akane (Sympetrum eroticum). I uploaded in blog now.

spookydragonfly said...

Gallicissa...It is nice to have so many in our own gardens and/or ponds. I've never seen this many until I moved to the country. Congratulations again on your Best Photo Award!

Viewers might want to pop over to your blog and see what photo "took the cake"!

spookydragonfly said...

Pseudothemis...I know, I'll be sad, too. I really, truly enjoy watching them interact and do their acrobats like no other.

Naturegirl said...

Wonderful captures! I am so pleased that you introduced yourself to me..fellow lover of Nature!

spookydragonfly said...

Naturegirl...I am glad I came across your blog..each time I visit, you have interesting posts and fantastic photos to share.

Dragonchaser said...

You have a series of very interesting photos of this interesting (and new to me)species. The two airborne dragons look indeed like Japanese Kamikaze airplanes of World War Two!
Joe.

spookydragonfly said...

Hello Dragonchaser...Thanks for stopping by and the comments. The "kamikaze" is one of my favorites! As I respond to your comment today, it is November 16th, and on the 14th of this month, I still had Meadowhawk dragons. This is after many frosts and snow flurries, then the temps. warmed back up a couple of days. I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoy the photos on your blog! It's great to see other dragons and damsels from around the world.