Male Scarlet Skimmer

Male Scarlet Skimmer

Male Scarlet Skimmer
Male Scarlet Skimmer

Photographing dragonflies is very rewarding experience. They exhibit a wide range of bright colors and present a challenge to photograph, at rest or in-flight. My favorite dragonfly photography lens was Canon EF 300mm f/4L telephoto lens as it had minimum focusing distance among all the large telephoto lenses I possessed. Now since I sold that lens for a brighter Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L I added a 1.4x teleconverter, for a bit of additional image magnification. You can also add 25mm extension ring and decrease minimal focus distance.

When I photograph dragonflies I like to have as much distance between me and the dragonfly as is practical. That is why I use this long telephoto lenses instead of a short macro lens. Photographing dragonflies from a distance does not disturb the dragonfly as you are least of a threat to it. It also gives me to better control the background in an image. Dragonflies are best photographed on plain, untextured backgrounds to reveal the intricate patterning of the wings. The wings of a dragonfly are quite transparent and the intricate veining of the wings can be lost against a background full of twigs, sticks, and gravel. Compare the first photo with the last one you will get what I mean.

Male Scarlet Skimmer
Male Scarlet Skimmer

Dragonflies have a habit to come back to the same perch they were sitting. So if you keep focused on the twig where it was sitting you can get nice in flight shot without much of an effort. It is no use chasing them if you want to shoot dragon flies. Here are few links to know more about dragonfly photography.

Male Scarlet Skimmer
Male Scarlet Skimmer

Scarlet Skimmer (Crocothemis servilia) is a medium sized blood red or reddish yellow dragonfly with amber colored patch at wing base. It is also known as Crimson Darter, Oriental Scarlet, Ruddy Marsh Skimmer.

The male Scarlet Skimmer is blood red in color. Face is blood red. Eyes are blood red above, purple on the sides. Thorax is blood red to bright orange. Abdomen is blood red with a mid dorsal black stripe. Legs are reddish. Wings are transparent with a base which is marked with rich amber. Wing spot is dark brown.

The female Scarlet Skimmer is reddish yellow in color. Face is pale yellow. Eyes are brown above and olivaceous below. Thorax is dark brown. Abdomen is yellowish brown with a mid dorsal black stripe. Legs are dark brown. Wings are transparent and basal amber marking paler than in the males. Wing spot is pale yellow.

Male Scarlet Skimmer in flight
Male Scarlet Skimmer in flight

Habits and habitat: One of the commonest red dragonflies. Frequently found in ponds, puddles, rivers, big wells, tanks, ditches and paddy fields. This dragonfly perches on aquatic weeds and chases any passing by dragonflies.

It breeds in marshes associated with ponds, rivers and tanks. Seen flying throughout the year. It is extremely widespread species, occurring throughout mainland tropical and subtropical Asia, Japan, the Ryukyu Archipelago, the greater and lesser Sunda isles, the Philippines and Sulawesi. In the west it extends into Iraq, Iran, Armenia and Turkey. It has been accidentally introduced into Florida in the USA.

Male Scarlet Skimmer
Male Scarlet Skimmer
EXIF info - Aperture : ƒ/5.6 | Camera : Canon EOS-1D Mark IV | Taken : 22 May, 2011 | Focal length : 420mm | ISO : 800 | Location : 12° 55′ 20.028″ N 74° 51′ 55.2096″ E | Shutter speed : 1/500s | Images and content Copyright © Krishna Mohan. Please contact me to purchase prints or for image publication license.
EXIF info - Aperture : ƒ/5.6 | Camera : Canon EOS-1D Mark IV | Taken : 22 May, 2011 | Focal length : 420mm | ISO : 800 | Location : 12° 55′ 20.028″ N 74° 51′ 55.2096″ E | Shutter speed : 1/500s | Images and content Copyright © Krishna Mohan. Please contact me to purchase prints or for image publication license.
EXIF info - Aperture : ƒ/5.6 | Camera : Canon EOS-1D Mark IV | Taken : 22 May, 2011 | Focal length : 420mm | ISO : 800 | Location : 12° 55′ 20.028″ N 74° 51′ 55.2096″ E | Shutter speed : 1/500s | Images and content Copyright © Krishna Mohan. Please contact me to purchase prints or for image publication license.
EXIF info - Aperture : ƒ/5.6 | Camera : Canon EOS-1D Mark IV | Taken : 22 May, 2011 | Focal length : 420mm | ISO : 800 | Location : 12° 55′ 20.028″ N 74° 51′ 55.2096″ E | Shutter speed : 1/500s | Images and content Copyright © Krishna Mohan. Please contact me to purchase prints or for image publication license.
EXIF info - Aperture : ƒ/5.6 | Camera : Canon EOS-1D Mark IV | Taken : 22 May, 2011 | Focal length : 420mm | ISO : 800 | Location : 12° 55′ 20.028″ N 74° 51′ 55.2096″ E | Shutter speed : 1/500s | Images and content Copyright © Krishna Mohan. Please contact me to purchase prints or for image publication license.

2 thoughts on “Male Scarlet Skimmer

  1. ಈ ಚಿಟ್ಟೆ ಮುಂತಾದ ಕೀಟ ವರ್ಗದ ಸುಂಡರ ಚಿತ್ರಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಅದೇನೋ ಅರಿವಳಿಕೆ ಎರಚುತ್ತಾರೆಂದು ಕೇಳಿದ ನೆನಪು. ಇದರ ಬಗ್ಗೆಯೂ (ಹುಲಿಗೆ ಕಾಲರ್ ಅಳವಡಿಸಿದಷ್ಟೇ ಘನಗಂಭೀರವಾಗಿ) ಭಾರೀ ಚರ್ಚೆ ನಡೆದದ್ದನ್ನೂ ನಾನು ಆ ಹಿಂದೆ ಓದಿದ್ದೆ. ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ಬೆಳಕು ಚೆಲ್ಲುತ್ತೀರಾ?

  2. ಮಾನ್ಯ ಅಶೋಕರೇ,
    ಕೀಟ ವರ್ಗದ ಸುಂಡರ ಚಿತ್ರಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಹಲವಾರು ಜನ ಬೇರೆ ಬೇರೆ ಉಪಾಯಗಳನ್ನು ಹೂಡುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಕ್ಲೋರೋಫೋರ್ಮ್ನಂತಹ ಅರವಳಿಕೆ ಮದ್ದನ್ನು ಕೊಟ್ಟು ಕೀಟಗಳನ್ನು ಕೊಂದು ಗಾಜಿನ ಪೆಟ್ಟಿಗೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬಂದಿಸಿಡುವದನ್ನು ಹಲವಾರು ಮೂಸಿಯಂಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ನಾವು ಕಾಣಬಹುದು. ಹಲವು ಚಿತ್ರಗಾರರು ಕೀಟಗಳನ್ನು ಸಣ್ಣ ಪೆಟ್ಟಿಗೆಯೊಳಗೆ ಬಂದಿಸಿ ಫ್ರಿಜ್ಜಿನಲ್ಲಿರಿಸಿ ಶೀತಲೀಕರಿಸಿ ಆನಂತರ ಅವುಗಳನ್ನು ಸ್ಟುಡಿಯೋದೊಳಗೆ ಚಿತ್ರೀಕರಿಸುವುದನ್ನು ನಾನು ಓದಿದ್ದೇನೆ. ಅಂತಹ ಮಾರ್ಗಗಳನ್ನು ಉಪಯೋಗಿಸದೇ ಕೀಟಗಳನ್ನು ಅವುಗಳ ಸಹಜ ವಾತಾವರಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಚಿತ್ರಿಕರಿಸುವುದೇ ನನ್ನ ಧ್ಯೇಯ. ಪ್ರಾಣಿಸಂಗ್ರಹಾಲಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಚಿತ್ರೀಕರಿಸಿದ ಹುಲಿಯ ಚಿತ್ರವೆಂದೂ ವನ್ಯ ಚಿತ್ರವೆಂದೆನಿಸದು. ಚಿತ್ರಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಕೀಟಗಳ ಹತ್ಯೆಗಯ್ಯುವುದು ಅಕ್ಷಮ್ಯ ಅಪರಾದ ಎಂದು ನನ್ನ ಅನಿಸಿಕೆ.
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