102/365 Common Darter

Todays image 012 is of a Common Darter.  As their name suggests they ‘dart’ after their prey.  They do this by waiting on an exposed perch, waiting for an insect to fly past, darting out after it and then returning to the same perch to eat it if succesful or waiting for another insect if not.  I’d noticed this particular individual kept returning to this particular perch.  It was just a matter of getting closer and closer until it was where I wanted it in the frame.

Common Darter, Sympetrum striolatum, Worcestershire, 2011.
Canon 1d mkIV with Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro lens.


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