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Male. The male wings are entirely metallic blue. Immature onesoften have much paler, browner wings. They have metallic blue-green bodies and blue-green eyes. The female has dark brown iridescent wings, a white patch near the tip of the wings (called a pseudopterostigma) and a metallic green body with a bronze tip of the abdomen. Males are territorial, perching in bankside plants and trees. They chase passing insects, often returning to the same perch. Males can stray well away from water, females live away from water unless egg-laying or seeking a mate.
Spotted at a small stream close to the sea.
Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/250 sec.; f/8; ISO Speed Rating: 400. Focal Length: 300.0 mm.
Spotted on Aug 19, 2012
Submitted on Oct 30, 2012
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