I think this is a Roseate Skimmer Dragonfly (Orthemis ferruginea) but I’m not sure about that. Anybody out there an expert on dragonfly identification?
I was told by Mike Moats that the best time for Dragonfly images is early on a cold morning. He said those conditions cause the insects to be very slow-moving which allows you to get in close and not spook them off. It seems that hot and humid may not be too bad a combination either.
While we were at Harris Neck NWR in Townsend, Georgia, the butterflies and dragonflies flitted about the rim of Woody Pond but when they landed, they stayed in place for quite a while. This pink specimen was sitting at the end of a reed and didn’t seem to be bothered at all by my photography. It probably helped that I was using my long lens and was not all that close but he didn’t move at all, even when the wind occaisionally picked up.
Roseate Skimmer Dragonfly
Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge
Townsend, Georgia, USA
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/9 – 1/125 sec – ISO 320