Hemicordulia tau (Tau Emerald)
IUCN Status: Not Assessed.
These are one of the most common dragon flies in Tasmania, and were the first I saw down here when I first got into odonata. This was shot near Hartz mountain.
When I started photographing insects, I became aware of two things that I'd previously been oblivious of. First, there's an amazing diversity of life all around us. Specifically, most people have no appreciation for the number of different species around them. I've had conversations where people thought there were only green tree frogs or dragon fly. I really enjoy watching people’s horizons expanding as they see the incredible diversity for the first time. Similarly, I love the wonder when mine are.
The second thing I was oblivious too is how often I was looking at photos of dead insects. Shooting close ups of insects in nature is hard. Some, like ant, are just never still, which is a killer in macro photography. Others, like dragon flies and butterflies are so skittish that simply getting near the subject is a challenge. Wind, and other environmental properties can make shooting difficult. Setting up bulky tripods, focus rails, flashes etc, takes time and again is likely to spook the animal.
I've had to adopt a strict “hands off” policy with dragon flies after a mishap handling an individual of this species. It was very sad, and I've come to the conclusion that non-interference results in more natural photos.