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 Post subject: Re: Lake Panic sighting gallery
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 11:24 pm 
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Hi Jan
The name of your dragonfly is Red Basker ([i]Urothemis assignata[i])
The position of holding its abdomen up like that is called "obelisking" and this is done to control the body temperature. Early in the morning they will obelisk in such a way that the abdomen can capture the heat from the sun while at midday the point of the abdomen points at the sun to prevent the heat being absorbed by the abdomen.

Many thanks for all your great photos which I thoroughly enjoy looking at every evening -- please keep them coming.

I must say you make me rather envious :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Lake Panic sighting gallery
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Thank you all for the comments :dance:

PAPA SMURF...thank you for the info...very interesting and glad to learn something about the Dragon Fly :thumbs_up:

Jacana with a few water drops...

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 Post subject: Re: Lake Panic sighting gallery
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PAPA SMURF, thank you for the interesting information - learned a lot. :clap:

Jan, beautiful Jacana with water drops... :dance:

Thank you again for entertaining us.
See your pic is up on the Sighting of the Month on the main page of SANParks - well done! :clap: :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Lake Panic sighting gallery
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Thank you Kaapsedraai for your kind comment and for the concrats for sighting of the month. :D :D

With the heat wave we all experiencing at the moment we all feel like LP Hippo and its weekend!! 8)

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Hi Jan

Absolutely amazing pic of the dragonfly :clap: :clap: . I know they are hard to get because I tried at LP and also often in the UK summer. :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Lake Panic sighting gallery
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Thank you DASSIEDELIGHT for the comment :dance: ...when it is quiet at LP we try to concentrate and the beautiful butterflies with some success with the zoom lenses....

Elephants on the other hide of the hide...was hoping they will have a bath :wall:

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Love the jacana, jan :thumbs_up:

I am always impressed by the size of their feet :tongue:


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Caught up and was such fun admiring all the stunning photos. :thumbs_up:

Gorgeous dragonfly :clap:

The Hippo definitely qualifies for the old Chomp advert. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Lake Panic sighting gallery
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Thank for the views and comments... :D

Almost photograph my first kill at LP......camera was ready.........thought today is the day...

The young Heron misjudge his flying skills back to the nest and land in the water.....

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..the croc was quick to react ....

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....but he swim for his life and made it to the side...

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...may be next time.. :think:


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 Post subject: Re: Lake Panic sighting gallery
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Glad the Heron made it to the other side! That is a big Croc! :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Lake Panic sighting gallery
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Jan, that hippo was really showing off and you captured a great moment :clap:

Well spotted the ellies near the hide. :thumbs_up:

Then the heron and croc story...you must have been excited to watch this one unfold. :D
Thank for sharing this Lake Panic moment...great one. :dance:

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Thank you Kaapsedraai and Hilda :D

Other image of the EG's making sure the youngsters get to the other side...before the crocs notice...

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:D beautiful as always, Jan :clap:


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Lovely pic of the EG's trying to get away... :thumbs_up:
It is always a challenge to take a pic of sudden actin like this one which came out great.
You know your stuff and having fun at the same time, Jan. :thumbs_up:

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Outstanding as always Jan :thumbs_up: :D :D

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