Saturday, June 18, 2016

Blue-eyed Darner

I photographed this Blue-eyed Darner in Northfield on 17 June 2016. Darners are damned difficult to photograph. Way too much darting back and forth for automatic focus. It took 90 minutes and 63 attempts to get one good picture. Most of my efforts look more like the bottom picture.

This record is possibly the 5th from Minnesota; definitely the first from Rice Co. Scott King discovered these dragonflies yesterday. About six flew about a small catchment pool on the edge of the St. Olaf campus. They were swooped upon by Tree and Barn swallows and Red-winged Blackbirds—I can’t imagine the dragonflies will last long.

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