Thursday, April 12, 2012

Extreme Maneuver

Dragonflies are well know for their acrobatic abilities in flight.  Here's an extreme example:

This dragonfly, as you might have guessed, is a male Happy-face (Paddle-tailed Darner).  It was patrolling back and forth along its territory, a walking path in front of some bushes near a water-filled ditch.  Most of my shots show him in normal flight, but in this shot he is apparently making an extreme turn to the right.  I think fighter jets would have a hard time keeping up with this guy.

Here's what he looks like most of the time.  Notice the heavy eyebrows of the "happy face," and the fact that the front two legs are tucked up behind his head.

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