This story begins when I visited a local stream, with camera in hand, eager to practice macro photography, using a few of my realistic fishing flies. The first thing I did was place a realistic housefly on top of a twig, and secured my camera onto a tripod, and snapped the image below...
A bright orange dragonfly seemed rather determined to pull an easy meal from the twig
Luckily the hook held tight, or another fly would have likely disappeared
I really like this shot of an orange Flame Skimmer (Libellula saturata) dragonfly, holding my realistic fly
This dragonfly pulled vigorously, and became increasingly frustrated, trying to secure an easy meal
One good thing about the mid day light being so bright,
it allowed me to remove my camera from the tripod, and move in closer.
Almost immediately the orange dragonfly returned, landed beneath my yellow and blue fly, and slowly creeped closer and closer, but never did make contact. Numerous photos were taken, and a variety of facial expressions seemed evident, including this photo where it appears a mate might have been found. After about 15 minutes of quiet rejection, the orange dragonfly left the scene.
I began to wish I had a realistic orange dragonfly to place on the twig, to see what the reaction would be. The closest thing I had was a yellow and brown dragonfly, and perhaps putting some food in its grasp would entice the orange dragon to return.
After a few minutes of furious action, the battle seemed to have been decided, he was king of the twig.
The attack was severe enough that my fake fly was knocked sideways.
He's king of every twig on the stream
At times it seemed as if the king had found his queen