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Variegated Meadowhawks oviposting at the pond in Bob Jones Park in Southlake, Texas on September 27, 2013.

Unlike many species, the Variegated Meadowhawks remain attached while the female is depositing eggs on the pond surface. Black Saddlebags will detach briefly and then quickly re-attach during the process. Widlow Skimmer males will hover above the female while the female deposits eggs.

Canon 7D ~ Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens
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Common Green Darners

Common Green Darners at the back pond in Bob Jones Park in Southlake, Texas on September 17, 2013. I usually don’t see many of this species until late summer and there were lots of them at the pond today. It was overcast much of the day.

Canon 7D ~ Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens
Shutter = 1/250s ~ Aperture = f/8.0
Focal Length = 300 mm ~ ISO Speed = 320
Exposure Bias = 0 EV
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Four-Spotted Pennant

A Four-spotted Pennant at Bob Jones Park in Southlake, Texas on August 9, 2013.

I probably won’t be getting many more dragonfly photos this summer. The pond at Bob Jones Park was my favorite spot. Sometimes I would see hundreds of dragonflies here and as many as a dozen different species. Recently, the park maintenance crew mowed down nearly all of the vegetation right up to the edge of the water. The pond is primarily a public fishing pond and they want to reduce the risk of snakes. Unfortunately, it destroys the habitat for dragonflies. The last time I went out there, 90% of the dragonflies had disappeared. The same thing happened last summer.

Canon 7D ~ Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens
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Halloween Pennants

I thought this was very unusual. This female Halloween Pennant has lost half of her abdomen yet she still continues to behave like other dragonflies, flying in tandem with the male over the surface of the pond and mimicking the oviposting behavior even though it is obvious that she cannot lay eggs. Bob Jones Park ~ Southlake, Texas ~ July 20, 2013.

I took this photo with my Canon 7D and my old "non L" Canon 70-300mm lens. The focus is not as sharp as I would like but this was the best of over 50 shots of this pair. The image stabilizer is not nearly as good on this lens as it is on my Canon 70-300 L lens (in the shop for repair).
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Wandering Glider

Wandering Gliders are very strong fliers and seldom land. Their hindwing is distinctly wider at the base than that of most dragonflies. They sometimes form large feeding and migratory swarms. They eat small flying insects, especially gnats and mosquitoes.

I encountered a small feeding swarm of Wandering Gliders near Grapevine Lake on July 9, 2013. It was a great opportunity to practice photographing dragonflies in flight as they passed back and forth above me.

Canon 7D ~ Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens
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Wandering Glider

Wandering Gliders are very strong fliers and seldom land. Their hindwing is distinctly wider at the base than that of most dragonflies. They sometimes form large feeding and migratory swarms. They eat small flying insects, especially gnats and mosquitoes.

I encountered a small feeding swarm of Wandering Gliders near Grapevine Lake on July 9, 2013. It was a great opportunity to practice photographing dragonflies in flight as they passed back and forth above me.

Canon 7D ~ Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens
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Halloween Pennant Oviposting

Halloween Pennant dragonflies oviposting (laying eggs) over the pond at Bob Jones Park in Southlake, Texas on July 3, 2013.

When most dragonflies are ready to lay eggs, they fly in tandem with the male. Some species, such as the Halloween Pennant, will remain attached while the female dips the tip of her abdomen on the pond surface to deposit her eggs.

Other species, such as the Red Saddlebags, will briefly detach from the male, deposit her eggs, and then quickly reattach.

Widow Skimmers detach for the whole process. The male hovers above the female while she deposits her eggs.

Canon 7D ~ Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens
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Dragonfly 1

This Dragonfly appeared to be drinking the water off of this blade of grass. This was very early in the morning and they were not flying around very much. The Makoke Trail is a great place to see and photograph dragonflies like this one.

Canon 7d and 100-400L

Dragonfly 2

This Dragonfly appeared to be drinking the water off of this blade of grass. This was very early in the morning and they were not flying around very much. The Makoke Trail is a great place to see and photograph dragonflies like this one.

Canon 7d and 100-400L