Other Flying Objects

By josh • Nature, Wildlife • 6 Jul 2012

You’d think that being on vacation in the islands (the Lake Champlain Islands, that is) for a week would provide plenty of time for taking and posting photographs.  Not so.  It’s amazing how a single 2-year old can occupy all the energy of as many as six adults at any given time.

It doesn’t help that we’re in the summer doldrums, birding-wise.  Even though there are plenty of interesting things to seek out this time of year I always seem to run out of steam in late-June.  Of course, we’ve also entered the glory of the Vermont summer, when we cram 12 months of festivals, cookouts, and harvests into four short months.  There’s little time to spare for sitting about waiting for a bird to do something interesting.

Now, though, is the best time for learning about some of the other flying things that share the airspace with the birds.  I’m a novice at best when it comes to butterfly and dragonfly identification, but these seem like a nice entry point into the world of creepy crawlies.

Four-Spot Skimmer

Four-Spot Skimmer, West Rutland Marsh, Canon 400mm f/5.6L at f/8, 1/400s, ISO400

I’ve found them a new challenge to photograph as well.  My Canon 400mm is not well suited to insects because the minimum focal distance is about 10′.  I need to practice with my Tamron superzoom, which I use for all sorts of things but not much (yet) for nature.

River Jewelwing

River Jewelwing, Cornwall Swamp, Canon 400mm f/5.6L at f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO400

This eastern tiger swallowtail is looking a little worse for wear- I understand that most of these bigger butterflies don’t look too sharp after just a few days of their emergence from the cocoon.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Cornwall Swamp, Canon 400mm f/5.6L at f/8, 1/500s, ISO400

The next post will be mostly insects as well, but it’s also the 38th town for the 251 Birds project and the place where I found my 300th lifer!

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