Other Flying Objects: Eastern Amberwing

By josh • Nature, Wildlife • 19 Jul 2013

A recent stop at Shelburne Pond (with sleeping 5-month old in tow) yielded a few interesting birds (Caspian Tern, Black-crowned Nightheron) and quite a few dragonflies and damselflies.  Shelburne Pond has proved a reliable spot for large groups of Eastern Amberwings.

Eastern Amberwings are a very small member of the skimmer family, and the only member of their genus in the Northeast.   Despite being only half the size of other common skimmers in our area, they are still fabulous looking critters, the male with saffron-colored wings and legs (or amber, if you must) and ruby pterostigma.

Eastern Amberwing

Eastern Amberwing (male)
Shelburne Pond, Shelburne, Vermont
July, 2013
Canon 400mm f/5.6L at f/6.3, 1/250s, ISO 250 (handheld)

I’ve already posted at least one other skimmer here- in the next few posts I’ll add some photos of Widow Skimmer, Common Whitetail, and Twelve-Spotted Skimmer as well.  There are 10 regularly occurring skimmer species in Vermont; it would be nice to complete the set.

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