Eastern Pondhawks At Blackwater NWR

I am still going through images from our trip to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge Maryland. I had posted some of the bird images I had taken but I wanted to switch and post some Dragonfly images from the trip. All images were taken with a Canon 300mm lens with a 1.4x Teleconverter on a Canon 7D. The Featured Image is a Female Eastern Pondhawk.

Female Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly In-Flight. I was shooting @ 1/800 sec. @ f/11 to get some movement in the wings but have the Dragonfly body somewhat sharp.
Male Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly, f/11, 1/400 sec., Canon 7D, 300mm lens with 1.4X Teleconverter
Male Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly, f/11, 1/400 sec., Canon 7D, 300mm lens with 1.4X Teleconverter

Eastern Pondhawks

We went to Davidsons Mill Pond Park to take a walk and look for photo subjects. I was looking mostly for dragonflies, but found a few other photo subjects also in their fields of wildflowers and gardens. The gardens were locked because of Covid 19, but you could photograph through their fencing. Here are images I photographed of a male & female Eastern Pondhawk. I was using an Olympus OMD-1 with a Panasonic 100-300mm lens because I did not want to lug around my usual heavier gear. All the images here were photographed @ 300mm. Eastern Pondhawk_v1_male_DM_m43_300mm_MG_3738

Dragonfly Wing Damage

It is starting to be the time of year when dragonflies start to show signs of wear & tear on their wings. It seems they must lead a rough life from the looks of wear on some of them. The featured image is a male Slaty Skimmer Dragonfly.


Blue Dasher, 300mm, 2x teleconverter, (600mm) 2 images – focus stacked

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Blue Dasher, 300mm, 2x teleconverter, (600mm) 5 images focus stacked


Eastern Pondhawk Male – (600mm) 3 images focus stacked

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Blue Dasher, (960mm) Multi-image stack


Blue Dasher, (600mm) multi-image focus stack

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2 Male Spangled Skimmers, (600mm) 2 image focus stack

Recent Dragonfly Images

Here are a few images of Dragonflies and a Damselfly from a few local parks in our area. Most were shot with a close focusing 300mm f/4 lens with either extension tubes to get closer or 1.4X or 2X teleconverter. A few I used a Canon 400mm f/4 DO with Extension tubes and 1.4X teleconverter. The featured image is a female Eastern Pondhawk that was quite cooperative for extreme closeups. Image taken with Canon 7D, handheld, 300mm @ f/8, 1/1000 sec, ISO 400.

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Blue Dasher extreme closeup – 2 image focus stack Canon 7D, Canon 300mm f/4 IS, 1.4X teleconverter, w/extension tubes

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Blue Dasher extreme closeup – 2 image focus stack Canon 7D, Canon 300mm f/4 IS, 1.4X teleconverter, w/extension tubes (f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO 400)

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Damselfly – multi image stack, 400mm f/4 DO with extension tubes, f/8, 1/50 sec, 1600 ISO, camera on tripod


Female Eastern Pondhawk- f/11, 1/320 sec, 300mm f/4 w/ 1.4X teleconverter

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Slaty Blue Dragonfly, f/11, 1/160 sec, +1/3 exp. comp, 300mm w/ 2X teleconverter, Single image, flew off before focus stacking images

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Slaty Blue Dragonfly, f/10, 1/320 sec, 300mm w/1.4X teleconverter, effective 420mm

Dragonflies From Davidson’s Mill Pond Park

We went to a local park to look for Dragonflies or other investing subjects to photograph. It seems like it is a slow start for dragonflies at this local park compared to other years. But we did manage to photograph a few different types. It was still fun to see what we could find.


Blue Dasher – male


Eastern Pondhawk – Female


Eastern Pondhawk- Male


Common Whitetail- Male


Slaty Skimmer –  Male


Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly

Eastern Pondhawks are one of my favorite dragonflies to photograph. Love the green colors of the immature males and the mature females which make them really stand out. You often see the males warming on the ground early in the morning.

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Front Side View


More of a Side / Rear View 

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A wider view similar to featured image

Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly

Closeup image of an Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly. It almost seems like it is smiling at you. It seems many of the dragonflies at this location are showing signs of “wear & tear” on their wings already. It seems early in the season for that. Usually you see this in late Summer. If you stay in an area for a while it seems like they get used to you and are not as skiddish or wary of you so you can get closer.

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Eastern Pondhawk at a distance. Three shot focus stacked image. 

Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly

We went to a local park looking for dragonflies. We found quite a few buzzing around. But most were quite far out of in the lilies. I setup with a 400mm lens with extension tubes and a 1.4X teleconverter to get closer to some that came closer along the shoreline. I really liked the coloring of the Easter Pondhawk. This one came quite close and stayed a while posing for me.






Eastern Pondhawk Warming on a Rock

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