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Common darter

Common darter
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Copyright: Ton Valk (tondigi) Silver Note Writer [C: 7 W: 0 N: 11] (855)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-31
Categories: Nature
Camera: Sony Alpha A700, Sigma 70-200mm APO f2.8
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/8000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-07 4:01
Viewed: 1952
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Common Darter is easily confused with the Ruddy Darter at first sight. However as you approach, the patterning of red and orange on the abdomen of the male Common Darter is distinctly different from the bright red Ruddy Darter. Female Common Darters are very similar to female Ruddy Darters, and are reliably separated by the completely black legs of the Ruddy. Common Darters can often be seen sunning on bright open ground, where they perch rather than hang like the Hawkers. They favour bright patches such as mown grass or wooden seats or fences. As they age, the bright yellow of the female changes to a grey and the male loses its red colouring in favour of grey - a part grey part red abdomen is a sign of an aging male.

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Hi Ton, perfect POV and original composition. I like romantic feel of the atmosphere.TFS

HI Ton

the silhouette and the details are terrific
excellent tonal range and POV
i think if you could have the whole dragon fly in front of the sun? was grate to have its entire silhouette
but without this the shot is amazing
Have a beautiful week!

Very nice composition
Good capture

Hi Ton,

insect shots are usually not really "my cup of tea", but I must say that here you made a great job with the lighting and with the details and transparencies you caught. I really like this compo, it create an "unusual emotion" here on TL.



PS Just a little remarque: the details of the flower to the right are too small and can create distraction, I wouyld have removed it or included completely, but to do the second choice you should have meet again the dragonfly... ;)

very different and interesting insect shot! great composition! TFS!

Hi Ton,

How did you take this picture? Is magnificent, wonderfully charming!
I love that shot! Very original :)


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