Other Flying Objects: Ebony Jewelwings

By josh • Nature, Wildlife • 17 Feb 2014

Ebony Jewelwings are happily a common sight around moving water in our area- they were easily the most common odonates that I saw last summer on my lunchtime walks in Centennial Woods.  They’re tough to photograph though!  They are dark (obviously), spend much of their time busily hawking insects above the water, and tend to rest in relatively high-contrast spots.  When you do get them in the sun, it’s tough to handle exposure and glare because they are so reflective, particularly the males.  They’re beautiful insects though, and I hope to get some better images this coming year.

Ebony Jewelwing (female)

Ebony Jewelwing (female)
Centennial Woods, Burlington, Vermont
July, 2013
Canon 400mm f/5.6L at f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO640

 

Ebony Jewelwing (male)

Ebony Jewelwing (male)
Centennial Woods, Burlington, Vermont
June, 2013
Canon 400mm f/5.6L at f/8, 1/500s, ISO320

 

Ebony Jewelwing (male)

Ebony Jewelwing (male)
Centennial Woods, Burlington, Vermont
June, 2013
Canon 400mm f/5.6L at f/10, 1/500s, ISO320

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