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Brown Hawker Encounter

Aeshna grandis

Size: 70 mm

 

This dragonfly seemed a bit lethargic when we first found it close to the ground by the path. At first we thought something was wrong with it but soon we realized it was probably just cold – after a couple of minutes sitting on my sons finger it seemed to came to and eventually flew away.

 

**EDIT: Like Eddie and Steve pointed out in the comments this is probably a freshly emerged specimen which further explains the behavior!

 

Single exposure made with Sony NEX-7, Sony E 18-55 OSS + short extension tube. Natural light + diffused pop-up flash.

 

I'm adding another couple of shots from this encounter (made with the same gear) in the comment section below.

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Taken on June 21, 2014