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photoblog image Swampland #3

Swampland #3

There are many Damselflies here, and this is clearly their mating season.

 

The one at the top is the female...she selects a mate, and grasps it firmly by the scruff of the neck. The male then attaches his reproductive organs [near the end of his tail] to hers [near the start of her tail], and a long period of body fluid exchange takes place. The couple are capable of flying while joined.

 

Note that the female and male are not the same colour.

 

This "macro" image was created using my 100-400mm zoom lens at 400mm...this way the prey is 2 metres away and not so likely to be nervous about me, and I get to keep my feet dry.

Swampland #3

There are many Damselflies here, and this is clearly their mating season.

 

The one at the top is the female...she selects a mate, and grasps it firmly by the scruff of the neck. The male then attaches his reproductive organs [near the end of his tail] to hers [near the start of her tail], and a long period of body fluid exchange takes place. The couple are capable of flying while joined.

 

Note that the female and male are not the same colour.

 

This "macro" image was created using my 100-400mm zoom lens at 400mm...this way the prey is 2 metres away and not so likely to be nervous about me, and I get to keep my feet dry.

comments (16)

the 400mm is well deployed, Ray.
Ray: I had the long lens on the camera as I was intending to shoot birds, Ayush. It is a very versatile and capable lens.
It's an extraordinary process, isn't it! You've done a marvelous job with this shot!
Ray: Thank you, Elizabeth.

Sex seems to be an hilarious and bizarre creation of Nature, no matter who the players might be! smile
Superbe macro. C'est coquin chez toi aujourd'hui...
Ray: Cela semble être une activité favorite des demoiselles, Martine.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 8 Nov 2017, 04:44
Always be careful were you put your feet while capturing these shots. A fabulous macro.
Ray: Thank you, Astrid.

I am a bit of a clumsy bloke, but I try really hard to be careful when carrying the camera at water's edge.
The part about grasping it firmly by the scruff of the neck, Ray, is my favorite part. smile
Ray: Oooooooooo...naughty!

I like it.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 8 Nov 2017, 06:29
Use your equipment more say I

Err...your macro lens I mean.
Ray: My long one!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 8 Nov 2017, 06:31
Fine macro, Ray. I have been watching "exchanges" like this with the damselflies on my pond this year, Ray
Ray: The Damsels put on a show, don't they, Lisl.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Nov 2017, 06:35
An incredible photo. I'm pleased that you're not perving their faces smile Do you use a torpid with that glass on it?
Ray: I just hold it in my hand, Alan.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 8 Nov 2017, 06:52
Oh, an acrobatic exercise! A great photo!
Ray: Thank you, Philine. Damselflies are wonderful and interesting photo-subjects.
Magnifique tout simplement !!
Merci Ray
Ray: Les demoiselles font de merveilleux photo-sujets, Claudine.
It is a fine picture Ray. Were you using a tripod or just a steady hand?
Ray: Just my steady hands, Bill! smile
Another fine shot, Ray!
Ray: Thank you, Tom.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 8 Nov 2017, 11:43
The heart shape formed by their tail, is always a quite interesting part of joining.
Ray: It certainly helps the image when there is a noticeable heart shape made from their tails, Louis.
Excellent shot Ray, everything is right, even down to the angle of each one on the reed.
Ray: Thank you, Brian. I did like the way they had positioned themselves for me.
You did really well. I saw a red damselfly earlier in the week but this morning's 3 degree temp may have them finishing their summer vacation very soon.
Ray: They'll be back...
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 8 Nov 2017, 20:21
Very interesting - as usual Ray - an education.
Ray: We can learn from Damselflies, Chad. smile

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camera Canon EOS 7D
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shutterspeed 1/500s
aperture f/8.0
sensitivity ISO320
focal length 400.0mm
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