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happy_peasant May 17, 2012 9:14 AM

Dragonfly and Sandpiper
Two shots for your viewing pleasure. You can click on these to go to Flickr and see more nice shots of each species.

I keep a list of dragonflies seen each year. This is just the third species so far, which is a very slow start. I am already into the teens with my butterfly list.
Twelve-spotted Skimmer by Happy_Peasant, on Flickr

This is my favorite species of Sandpiper. There were two of them running around together on the beach and I was quite happy.
Ruddy by Happy_Peasant, on Flickr

FZ150. TCON-17 used for sandpiper shot, although I probably did not need it as I got fairly close.

jjdog2 May 17, 2012 3:24 PM

The DFly is good but the sandpiper is excellent!


catalex54 May 17, 2012 3:47 PM

I agree with Jim!! Great work Steve

happy_peasant May 17, 2012 4:07 PM

Thanks guys. I tried harder on the bird because this species always inspires me.

jjdog2 May 17, 2012 4:10 PM


Originally Posted by happy_peasant (Post 1301528)
Thanks guys. I tried harder on the bird because this species always inspires me.

Well it worked.


gordymohr May 17, 2012 7:56 PM

I like both shots, the Dfly with landing gear down, and the low angle on the bird shot.

Good stuff!

Raghu May 17, 2012 9:27 PM

Kudos on the sandpiper, Steve. A very unusual angle. How did you achieve that - lying on the ground? You seem to have got quite close too. Very well taken.

happy_peasant May 17, 2012 9:46 PM

Thanks Gordy and Raghu. And Raghu, I took shots either with the tripod at the lowest level or with no tripod and laying on the ground. The beach has a little dip by the water line so I was going back and forth depending on where the bird was. This looks to be an on the ground shot. And yeah, got quite close. These guys are sometimes not as shy as some others I see.

saly May 17, 2012 11:14 PM

I love them both for very different reasons. The fist one is amazing that you captured it in flight! And the second is just a beautiful shot of a gorgeous bird. Well done, both of them.

FITCIP May 18, 2012 3:50 PM

2 terrific shots Steve. That sandpiper is amazing well done mate. Angle, detail and colour all spot on!

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