Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Asian Groundling


The Asian Groundling is a common dragonfly found throughout Sri Lanka and also in many other Asian countries. These images were captured in Anuradhapura. Read on for more info and images.


The Asian Groundling is also known as the Ditch Jewel, the Asian Amberwing and the Common Amberwing. The wings of the male Asian Groundling are orange in colour where as the females have clear wings.  This is visible in the image bellow where the female was facing the camera.


These dragonflies can be found around ponds, lakes, drains and pretty much where ever there is water. The images on this post were captured on the banks of the Tissa Wewa in an uncultivated paddy field. 


These images were captured with a canon 7D which had a 100-400mm lens mounted on it. Unfortunately the 100-400mm has a minimum focusing distance of around 1.8 meters and therefore I was unable to get really close to the dragonflies.  What I found most annoying about shooting these images was the fact that I had to actually back away from the dragonflies to capture these shots!

I think I need to invest in a good macro lens soon. Maybe the new 100mm f2.8 IS L lens??? Food for thought....




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14 comments:

Java Jones said...

Great shots, Dev. Don't know how I missed your blog all this time.

Cheers!

Dev Wijewardane said...

Thanks for the comment Java.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Cool pics!

Sean said...

Great shots Dev!

I have been attempting to photograph dragonflies for a while but I don't have the right lens yet. My 50-150mm zoom just doesn't cut the mustard...

Dev Wijewardane said...

Thanks fir the comments guys.

Sean, I haven't got a macro lens either. At the moment I have to make do with the 100-400mm. Can't wait to get a macro myself.

Chris said...

Beautiful shot Dev.... What lens did you use for that one??

Dev Wijewardane said...

Thanks Chris, I used the 100-400mm on all these shots.

Gallicissa said...

Beautifully captured, Dev. 100-400mm is not too bad a lens for dragonfly photography, although the ideal is 100mm f 2.8 for my tastes.

p.s. Your say: "These dragonflies can be found around ponds and lakes where there is clean water"

This isn't really true. The scientific name of this species, Brachythemis contaminata , suggests their association with contaminated water.

Dev Wijewardane said...

Thanks for pointing that out Amila. I was under the impression that dragonflies needed clean water.

Gallicissa said...

No worries, Dev.
Not all species require clean water, for which reason dragonflies are deemed as good ecological indicators of water quality.

yen said...

lovely close up shots.

Framed and Shot said...

dragonflies! One of our favorites. love to photograph them, so fast, so colorful, so full of details!

Anjana said...

very nice.. keep up the good work buddy.

Shane Murphy said...

Very impressive macro shot.