Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Indigo Dropwing


These shots of a male Indigo Dropwing were taken in Kandy. I found it flying around near the swimming pool and noticed that it kept settling in the same place at the edge of the water. It allowed me to get quite close to photograph it but I was limited by the 1.4 meter minimum focusing distance of the lens. More images and info inside. 


The Indigo Dropwing (Trithemis festiva) is an Asian species which is found near flowing water. They are frequently seen on rocks or on vegetation near water ways guarding their territory. Mature males are entirely dark overlaid with a fine whitish pruinescence. Young males look similar to females sporting extensive yellow patches on their abdomen. Females have dark patches at the wing tips and lack the amber spot at the base of their hind wings.


The Indigo Dropwing is often mistaken with the Restless Demon (Indothemis limbata) because both of them are dark blue in colour and they are both similar in size. The orange streaks on the abdomen distinguish it from the Restless Demon which also has dark wing tips.

 

All the images on this post were taken with a Canon 7D body and the 100-400mm lens. It's a good lens for macro work but the only drawback is the nearest focusing distance of 1.4 meters.




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9 comments:

Kirigalpoththa said...

Nice color!

James Rose said...

G'day mate,
Love your blog, but I must admit I have noticed a trend... you're loving taking photos of anything with wings!!!

They are awesome photos but I really enjoy the variety of things like those two snakes mating and your Christmas dinner photos.

Cheers,
James

Dev Wijewardane said...

Thanks for the feed back James. I'll add a bit more variety to the blog. I just haven't been out shooting since i got back from SL! pretty slack if you ask me.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

The depth of colour in this Dragonfly type creature is truly beautiful, hard, or easy captures, delightful all the while~

Dev Wijewardane said...

Thanks Mary and Kirigalpoththa

Chris said...

Wow this is an amazing dragonfly! The color is just... pure indigo!!! I alos love to use my 300mm lens for macro pictures. It does a quite good job...
Congrats your set of picture is beautiful!

Dev Wijewardane said...

Thanks for the comment Chris. Telephotos work quite well for macros but the minimum focusing distance is a problem.

Sanchita Karmakar said...

Loved your photos but I choose this one as the depth of field in this picture is amazing. Great work! Following you.

Also thanks for dropping by my blog and your comment. Really appreciate it.

Dev Wijewardane said...

Thanks Sanchita.