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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