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Emperor Dragonfly
Comments(5) # Emperor Dragonfly london e17

Well, when it comes to Dragonflies this, I think, is the one to see. Larger than all the other UK Dragons and probably the most impressive to come across. They're not rare, the sight of them patrolling their patch is a pretty common occurrence wherever there is still or slow flowing water. Photographing them is perhaps a little bit more of a challenge as, unlike the Damselflies or even the Chaser and Darter Dragonflies the Emperors rarely stop for a rest. They seem to fly for hour after hour catching and eating other insects without stopping. The only time they do seem to rest is overnight or occasionally in the middle of a very hot day. This is when I was lucky enough to find this one (though he was in flight for at least fifteen minutes with me just sitting watching before he landed for a minute of two). Canon EOS 40D
400 mm
400 ISO
1/500 sec
f 8
Flash: Not Fired