Tag Archives: Great Blue Skimmer

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

Great Blue Skimmer, Modeling On Green, Pink and Mixed

A piece of bamboo stuck in a plant pot has become a regular perch for dragonflies on my patio this summer.

Great Blue Skimmer
Great Blue Skimmer, Just Grass

This Great Blue Skimmer was very tolerant of me walking around him to get different flowers in the background.

Great Blue Skimmer
Great Blue Skimmer, Pink Flowers

He did lift off a few times, but came right back.

Great Blue Skimmer
Great Blue Skimmer, Variegated Caladium

Dragonfly Entertainment

I spent much of yesterday afternoon photographing dragonflies on my back patio.

Backyard Dragonfly
Backyard Dragonfly on Crepe Myrtle seed pod, dried from last year, f14, 1/640 sec, ISO 2000

This particular dragonfly, identifiable by the missing section of his right hindwing, landed on several plant stakes but kept coming back to a Melissa Balm flower head.

Backyard Dragonfly
Backyard Dragonfly, Melissa Balm flower stalk, f14, 1/160 sec, ISO 800

I was able to move around the plant, effectively changing the background.

Backyard Dragonfly
Backyard Dragonfly, Melissa Balm flower stalk, f14, 1/125 sec, ISO 250

And I got a head nod.

Backyard Dragonfly
Backyard Dragonfly, Melissa Balm flower stalk, f14, 1/125 sec, ISO 320

Blue Dasher With Lunch

Correction: thanks to Mike Powell for IDing this as a Great Blue Skimmer:

“I am almost certain that your dragonfly is a Great Blue Skimmer rather than a Blue Dasher, Blue Dashers have striped thoraxes (the “chest” area), while Great Blue Skimmers have whitish thoraxes, like the one in your images. Blue Dashers are also quite a bit smaller than Great Blue Skimmers, whose bodies seem more elongated. “


I now have two Canon 7D Mark II camera bodies and went out with them both this week to a preserve circled with old rice fields.

I spotted this Blue Dasher eating some kind of a bee/flying insect and he stuck around long enough for me to get some shots with both sets of gear. The Canon 100-400mm lens takes wonderful closeups, especially when the light is good, although I try not to go to the full 400mm as it tends to go a bit soft. This time I forgot.

Blue Dasher Eating Insect
Blue Dasher Eating Insect, Canon 100-400 mm lens @ 400 mm, f9

As is often the case in South Carolina swamp areas, I was limited in distance and angle for safety reasons. In addition to the usual snakes and alligators to watch for this dike was riddled with ant hills. I just assume they bite and try to stay clear.

Blue Dasher Eating Insect
Blue Dasher Eating Insect, Canon 100mm prime, f14

After a few shots I was able to get a bit closer with the 100mm lens while there was still some lunch remaining.

Blue Dasher Eating Insect
Blue Dasher Eating Insect, Canon 100mm prime, f10

Caw Caw Interpretive Center, Ravenel, SC
June 23, 2021

Dragonfly, Yellowish Abdomen, 2

After photographing the dragonfly for my post Dragonfly, Yellowish Abdomen that was perched on a branch I was surprised to spot a couple on the ground. So much for dragonflies sticking to one behavior!

This was on a short side trail off the mowed grass trail that was strewn with leaves and sticks.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

The dragonfly flew to my other side, nicely perching on a dried seed head of some kind.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

Fellow blogger Mike Powell (MichaelQPowell.com/)  thinks my first post was of a juvenile female Great Blue Skimmer. I’ve just bought Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East and am on my way to learning more about the dragonfly and damselfly worlds; at more than 500 pages there is a lot to know.

Dragonfly, Yellowish Abdomen

I spotted several dragonflies while walking around a small, rather overgrown pond.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

A ten to twelve foot (about 3 Meters) wide grassy area is kept mowed and a few dragonflies were zipping ahead of me over the grass while some stayed over the pond.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

This one obligingly stopped for a break, even staying in position as I passed by and shot from a different angle.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

April 22, 2021