Other Things with Wings – Male Eastern Pondhawk

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Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly maleEastern Pondhawk Dragonfly male – Nikon D70, handheld, f5.6, 1/125, ISO 200, Nikkor 70-300mm VR at 300mm, natural light

Sawgrass Lake Park in Pinellas County, Florida is a wonderful location for birds and other things with wings including Eastern Pondhawk dragonflies. The 400 acre park is in a densely population area in St. Petersburg and has one of the largest maple swamps on the west coast of Florida and is one of the locations on the Great Florida Birding Trail .

There are several ponds in the park and by walking around them I was often able to get close to and photograph the dragonflies found there.

Eastern Pondhawks feed on other insects including mosquitos and any thing that eats biting insects is a hero in my mind because I hate being bitten. Eastern Pondhawks are sexually dimorphic with the males being blue and the females are green.

Even though my passion is photographing birds I also enjoy photographing other animals I find along the way.


This image was taken in 2007 when I had my first DSLR, a Nikon D70.


  1. Elephant's Child May 22, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Stunning creatures – and photo. Thank you.

  2. Jane Chesebrough May 22, 2014 at 10:43 am

    As I discovered last year there are an amazing variety of dragonflies.Love the combination of colours here.

  3. Sarah Mayhew May 22, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Love dragonflies. Beautiful image!

  4. Patty Chadwick May 22, 2014 at 10:11 am

    I consider these as flying jewels…so delicate and so beautiful….thanks!!!

    • Mia McPherson May 22, 2014 at 1:13 pm

      They are flying jewels Patty! Thank you

  5. Montanagirl May 22, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Beautiful photo!

  6. Jolanta May 22, 2014 at 8:30 am

    What a wonderful “helicopter” Nice photo!

  7. Wally May 22, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Splendid photograph, Mia! These guys are all over the place around here right now. It’s interesting to see the immature males which start out looking like a female gradually transform to the powder blue color.

    Sawgrass is a neat park. Take care.

    • Mia McPherson May 22, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      Wally, I too think it is interesting to see the young males changing to adults because of the color change.

      Our dragonflies are coming out now and I need to pay more attention to them.

  8. Kathleen May 22, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Gorgeous photo!

  9. Bob Bushell May 22, 2014 at 5:32 am

    Nice to see you are into Dragonflies, excellent photo.

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