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A different kind of hawk

Enter the world of macro photography and you see dashers, darners, clubtails, cruisers and skimmers. You also see different kinds of hawks, including Meadowhawks. These small, photogenic and approachable dragonflies make great subjects as we develop our macro skills. They love to perch and are relatively easy to approach. This gives us the opportunity to experiment with variables such as depth-of-field and control our backgrounds.

In our area, there are multiple species of Meadowhawks. The males and females of each species offer vibrant colours and brilliant eye detail. Often, they can be found in our own backyards. To see Meadowhawks, you need to move slowly and carefully. You also need a keen eye as they are quite small.


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