Maine Fauna

These are some of the animals, insects and birds I saw when I was visiting Maine. I am pretty sure I saw for mere seconds, a Bald Eagle in flight, but could not photograph it. I could not focus the camera that quickly.  I also saw a porpoise, and did get a clear photo, but only of it as it dove underwater. When it surfaced again, it was very far away. So here you will see the animals I did capture, although many were very far away too. Continue reading


Black Saddlebags Dragonfly

Tramea lacerata

Most dragonflies are found in wetlands, along lakes and man-made ponds. They are often not found in my front garden. The Black Saddlebags is named for the dark spot on the hind wings. The stigmas are brown and the front wings generally are clear.

The abdomen has yellow-orange spots on the segments, which fade over time the older the dragonfly. If it is a much older one, it may not have spots at all.

Males and females look alike, except for the color of the face. If it is dark in color it is a male and if it is yellow-brown, a female.

The males patrol their territory gliding and flying in search of females.

I am guessing this is a girl in my garden.  Please enlarge any image for a very clear and close up view. I may change the theme of this blog because it does not show the images as well as they are taken.

 But this one above, is at Whirlpool State Park not far from my home, and is likely a male. There were about five males circling over the field, defending territory.

Of course, when you want to catch one flying, you need your telephoto lens handy. Guess what I did not have? Where I was in the park, it is very remote and I do not feel comfortable having more expensive equipment on me. So you can see him flying, I have enlarged the image.

This is Whirlpool State Park at about 9 AM this morning. It is one of the fields where the dragonflies were plentiful. The temperature was about 75° and great for me. I bet they wanted it a little warmer though since there were not many butterflies up and about as of yet. A few Sulfur Crested were fluttering around, though.