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Lesser Emperor

Anax parthenope


A pretty abundant dragonfly if the right habitats are chosen, but incredibly difficult to shoot. I practically never stops flying and, despite seeing many, this was the only shot I took!


"The species occurs at standing and intermittently-flowing, soft and brackish waters, more rarely at permanently slow-running waters."

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PedroNicolau 6 years ago

Fantastic timing, Debbie! Where can I see those shots? :P

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 6 years ago

It is a great shot though! I had to wait about 30 mins for a a male emperor to land for a few seconds on a stick and the same with the Brown hawker!

PedroNicolau 6 years ago

You're right Frederic. These rarely "fly still", but they do slow down at times and that's when the chances to focus are higher. This is not the shot I wanted which was a frontal shot, but it still does its job! Thank you.

Frederic Ansermoz
Frederic Ansermoz 6 years ago

Nice capture.
It's hard to capture them flying. Sometime they simply 'fly still' and stop to move in the air. This is a good moment do do the focus and take a shot.
Nice photograph!

PedroNicolau 6 years ago

Thanks, Madalena. It was incredibly hard indeed.

mendes.madalena 6 years ago

still amazing, for only shot. i find it really hard to take photographs of dragonflies in flight

PedroNicolau 6 years ago

Muchas gracias, Silvana.


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Lat: 38.52, Long: -9.14

Spotted on Jul 31, 2013
Submitted on Aug 1, 2013

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