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Erland R.N.



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 4:14 pm    Post subject: Fly eats fly Reply with quote

Just thought I should stop by and post a photo. Today was probably my last day out photographing dragonflies this year. I just managed to find a couple of dragonflies, and tomorrow temperature will drop, close to freezing in the nights, and not much above in the daytime.

Here's what I found on another cloudy day, when the dragonflies were hiding.


10th October 2006
5D, Sigma 150/2,8, cropped to about half-width.
Iso 1600, f/10, 1/30 sec.
Lying on the ground with camera supported by monopod and ballhead.

cheers
Erland
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beetleman



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great shot Erland. Just hanging on by two feet..enjoying a good fresh meal. What a life Wink
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Ken Ramos



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And what a photograph! Surprised Great color, sharpness, and background with a wonderful subject(s). What more could a guy want Very Happy
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MacroLuv



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 11:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Fly eats fly Reply with quote

Great shot Erland. Very Happy What time of the day was? Intersting lighting.
Erland R.N. wrote:

Lying on the ground with camera supported by monopod and ballhead.

It's fair, robberfly and prey were also upside down. Laughing
I wonder how Ken and Doug didn't comment lichens? Think Wink
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puzzledpaul



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2006 1:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent job and well lit, Erland - well worth the trouble / discomfort Smile

A couple of weeks ago, I was also lucky enough to witness a similar scene with this type of fly - and was amazed how quickly the fly caught its victim - one moment just fly in v/f, next it's munching away Smile

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Erland R.N.



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2006 4:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you all for comments.
This was so difficult to photograph without flash, so I took tons of pictures Embarassed

I'm not sure it's a robberfly, but think it's an Scatophaga stercoraria, or a similar species. These do not exclusively feed on insect prey.

**Edit**

Sorry, forgot to say it was taken around 4 PM (16:00), between some trees. It was so dark that no-flash photography was nearly impossible.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2006 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

<< took tons of pictures >>

Certainly familiar with that gig - but definitely worth it (imo) , even if only one's worth keeping since the financial downside compared with film is minimal.

Better to have something like this 'in the bag' - than nothing Smile

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2006 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nicely shot, I like the subtle backlighting!
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