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Sympetrum striolatum

Sympetrum striolatum
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Copyright: Alan Turvey (liquidsunshine) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1878 W: 112 N: 1560] (5437)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO RF, Hoya skylight (1B)
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-09-04 9:40
Viewed: 4461
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I managed to get a couple of hours free time today to spend at College lake nature centre in Bulbourne.
I'm fairly confident that this is a female common darter, however looking at some earlier posts of this dragonfly, it could be an immature male common darter.
This is where Paul (PDP) is always helpful.

Sympetrum striolatum - Common Darter

Common and widespread across England and Wales, scarce into northern England and largely absent from Southern and central Scotland. The Highland Darter, a possible separate species, will be found on the West coast of Scotland. Adults usually seen on the wing from June to October sometimes can be the last Odonatid flying into early November. Habitation sites include shallow pools and small lakes but will be found in a wide range of habitats across the county. Rapidly colonises newly created sites, tolerates brackish water but avoids heavily shaded, densely vegetated eutrophic sites.

This species is similar to the Ruddy Darter S. sanguineum however in the Ruddy Darter the males are a deeper red, the abdomen is waisted and the legs are all black. Males are identified by an orange-red straight abdomen and two small black marks near the end of the abdomen whilst females are a dull yellow-brown with black and yellow striped legs. It can be found in Southern and central Europe to central Scandinavia, Northern Africa and across Asia to Japan.

Notes from www.brickfieldspark.org.

Thanks for looking, have a good week.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-09-04 10:19]

it's a beauty Alan,
very good composition, very good light, good colours and a very nice dof, realy a good job you did with my compliments.
gr. jaap

SUPERBE Alan félicitation

Hi Alan,
one more wonderful dragonfly with very good DOF. Nice light on the insect and the background is not disturbing. Thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Alan, Very well composed shot with excellent colors, POV, details and exposure..
Great job!

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-09-04 13:17]

Hi Alan
Great macro. Very pretty composition well set off against the soft BG.
Regards Toni

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-09-04 13:39]

Hi Alan,
Very nice composition with warm tones and very good details. Very efficient Dof and the dry leave looks very fine.
Very good work.

Hi Alan
Excellent macro, colors and details
In a friendly way Christophe

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-09-04 14:03]
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Hi Alan, nice shot. You are correct on the ID with the exception of sex, this one is a male. The yellow colouration is because this is a teneral (newly emerged) specimen.

The colours are very good with lovely lighting. I like the composition too. Very nice all round.

I'm thinking of going to the college lake myself next weekend, I've not been before.

Nice work.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-09-04 14:05]

Hi Alan,

Well done using the "Bigma" Excellent capture and composition. Beautiful work.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-09-04 14:52]

Hi Alan. Great shot of that dragonfly. Beautiful colors, especially in the BG. Sharp details and good composition. I wonder how you can tell a male from a female dragonfly. On Monarch butterflies, it is a black dot on the wing. Let me know if you find out. Well done and TFS. : )

a Very nice composition you did Alan.
colors and bg are geat.
TFS, Laurent

Hey Alan, great post but I'm wondering what that bubble is to his left...a drop of beer...LOL. How was the footie against Wales? I'm anxious to hear the score....

Have a good week,


Excellent macro Alan,
Great composed, good colour and details, nice background.

Excellent work...
good in the details... perfect..
Very nice I like a lot..

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2005-09-05 3:06]

Hi Alan,

Good capture of the dragonfly. Your also a fan of those impressive insects?
I shot a whole range this summer. Every time it is nice to see the details big on your screen.



Alan, this is a excellent Picture. Great colours, sharpness excellent, a very nice composite. Well done.

Hey Alan,

WOW !!! What a shot --- absolutly perfect in every way. Well done and TFS

Superb shot Alan!
I love this POV and composition. Colours are amazing, very warm and natural.
Photo has great details and DOF, and overall superb mood.
I like it very much.
Have a great week!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-09-05 6:49]

Stunning background Alan! Wonderful colors and perfect exposure. Details on the darter are great and I like the composition a lot. Some people may find the sparkle in the lower left corner disturbing, but I think it's beautiful and ads someting to the picture. Well done & TFS!


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-09-05 11:07]

Hello Alan!
Wonderful close up.Colors,POV,contrast,framing,DOF,details and composition are excellent.

Wonderful detail and superb composition Alan. Maybe a slight increase in brightness for me. I could be wrong here as my monitor has died and I'm working on a 14" dinosaur of a monitor, well until my new Dell 24" arrives :o)) 7/10 Very nice work.

Beautiful shot, Alan. I particularly like the warm colors throughout the shot: BG and subject. Very good detail and POV. Nicely done :-) Thanks for sharing.

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-09-06 0:59]

HI Alan,
Nice shot.
Great details in the wings.
OOF BG works well

Hi Alan

Stunning shot. Lovely sharp details. Nice mottled OOF BG. Well composed. Top shot. Thanks.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-09-06 13:08]

Alan, sharpness is a winner. Besides, great mood, lighting and bg.

It's really a lovely image: simple but effective.


Excellent capture Alan!
Colors and composition are very nice. Great details and beautiful OOF BG. Thanks for sharing!

Nice and clean shot Alan. POV, DOF and sharpness are spot on as well as the colours. The well blurred background really sets the darter off nicely. Funny reflection in the lower left corner and somehow it contributes to the picture - at least I like it.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-09-15 19:55]

Good work, Alan. No nits. Thank you.

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2005-09-17 21:22]

Macro perfeita! Nitidez muito boa. Cores, fundo e composição excelente.
Muito bom trabalho!

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2005-09-21 15:17]

wow - wonderfully sharp. fantastic composition. I had managed to miss this one previously, glad to have found it.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-09-21 22:20]

Hi alan,
Very nice macro i like the composition, great colours & razorsharp details Dof + pov are perfect,

Thanks for posting

Beautiful picture, Alan. I like it very much, and find it very elegant. The detail, lighting and transparencies with such a beautiful BG makes it! Well done.

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