Monday, April 30, 2012

Splash-Dunk (x2) + Spin-Dry Video

Here's one of my favorite splash-dunk/spin-dry videos.  It was taken at Cranberry Lake in Anacortes, WA.

The dragonfly in this video, most probably a male Paddle-tailed Darner, makes two nice splash-dunks.  It then takes a long, smooth glide toward the water as if it might dunk again.  At the last moment it changes its mind (apparently) and decides to head upward for a spin-dry.  The resulting spin sheds a large number of water droplets.

Check out the post "How Slow Is Slow" to get a feeling for how slowed down this video really is.

Also, recall the following overview that gives a good idea of what's going on in splash-dunk/spin-dry behavior:

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