Tag Archives: Eastern Pondhawk

Eastern Pondhawk on Lily Pad

I borrowed Ted’s Tamron 18-400 MM lens this morning and put the range flexibility to good use when I spotted an Eastern Pondhawk on a Lily Pad.

Eastern Pondhawk on Lily Pad
Eastern Pondhawk on Lily Pad (70 MM)

I got a decent closer image of the dragonfly and his shadow.

Eastern Pondhawk on Lily Pad
Eastern Pondhawk on Lily Pad (209 MM)

And a nice view of the scene without changing lenses or cameras.

Lily Pads in Swamp
Lily Pads in Swamp (20MM)

 

Dragonfly Corner

These two dragonfly perches, one a random piece of rebar and one a dead branch, are just a few feet from each other in the corner of a local pond.

Dragonfly on Rebar
Eastern Pondhawk  Dragonfly on rebar

I took these three images within a couple of minutes while several dragonflies chased each other off these coveted spots.

Dragonfly
Great Blue Skimmer Dragonfly

I took this final picture at a 90 degree angle from the one just above, capturing a completely different background.

Dragonfly
Great Blue Skimmer Dragonfly

Early Dragonfly

I have seen dragonflies much earlier this year than the last few. Last year’s post  Dragonfly, First of the Season  was May 9th. In the comments of that post fellow blogger and dragonfly enthusiast Mike Powell (https://michaelqpowell.com/) thought that insect “looks to be a female Eastern Pondhawk ” and I am thinking this one might be also.

Several of them were flitting ahead of me on a wooded path and I was pleased to get the image of this one hanging onto a blade of grass.

Dragonfly on Grass
Dragonfly on Grass

Boynton Trail, Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
March 26, 2020

Blue Dragonfly

Correction: I had identified this as a Blue Dasher Dragonfly.  See fellow blogger Mike Powell’s comment below about the ID as a Eastern Pondhawk and its ground behavior. Thanks Mike!

I am seeing dragonflies in all sorts of colors on our treks and even in our back yard. This one was on a berm near a small pond.

Blue Dasher Dragonfly
Blue Dragonfly

It surprised me he was more interested in the dry leaves and pine needles than in hanging out over the water.

Blue Dasher Dragonfly
Blue Dragonfly