Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Meadowhawks

Most folks are disappointed if the sun is not shining. This needn’t be the case if you are a photographer. These were all taken Sunday at high noon. It’s a double edged sword. The lighting is fantastic, however the dragons can be difficult to find. These meadowhawks are eating quite well because the mosquitos were out in force.

Take note of the black legs. This could be one of three species of Meadowhawk that we have in Massachusetts. The guidebook says that they are indistinguishable in the field.

©2011 Steve Borichevsky

A male meadowhawk on Cow Vetch seed pods.

©2011 Steve Borichevsky

The next three female meadowhawks have brown legs. That distinguishes them as Autumn Meadowhawks. I have shot these as late as November! Thus the name Autumn Meadowhawk is very fitting.

©2011 Steve Borichevsky

©2011 Steve Borichevsky

©2011 Steve Borichevsky

In the overcast light, the last two females showed a slight lavender wash in their wings which is hard to see in the photos. I’ve never picked up on that on a sunny day.

3 comments:

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Great images. Makes me want to go back into the park dragon hunting.

Roy said...

Hey Steve, I thought that second one was playing the xylophone.{:)
Fabulous images all.

Dan Huber said...

fantastic captures. I have been really getting into observing/photographing them this summer too.

dan

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