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Great Pondhawk
Erythemis vesiculosa
The Great Pondhawk (Erythemis vesiculosa) is a widespread species occurring from the southern U.S. south to Argentina. In the U.S. is is not usually abundant, but occurs from Florida westward into Texas and occasionally New Mexico. It has been recorded as far north as Missouri and Kansas. The Great Pondhawk shown in the first shot here was a digital capture with a Canon EOS 10D and an EF 70-200 F/2.8 L IS lens in Starr County, Texas in November, 2003.
The Great Pondhawk in the next two shots shown here was in Gonzales, Gonzales Co., Texas, in July, 2004. These shots were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender and 550 flash.
The Great Pondhawk shown here was near Austin, Travis Co., Texas, in July, 2008. This image was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender.
The male Great Pondhawk shown here was at Santa Ana N.W.R., Hidalgo Co., Texas, in April, 2009. This image was taken with a Canon EOS 50D and an EF 70-200mm F/2.8 L IS lens and 580 flash.
The male Great Pondhawk shown here was perched on a barbed wire fence in Gonzales, Gonzales Co., Texas, in July, 2009. This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender and 580 flash.
The male Great Pondhawk in the next 2 shots had captured a male Blue Dasher and was having lunch. These images were taken in San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas, in August, 2009, with the same photo gear described previously.
The female Great Pondhawk shown here was at Santa Ana N.W.R., Hidalgo Co., Texas, in October, 2009. This image was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and an EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender and 580 flash.
The female Great Pondhawk shown here was in Weslaco, Hidalgo Co., Texas, in September, 2010. This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and a Sigma 50-500mm lens and Canon 580 flash.
The male Great Pondhawk on the right was in Gonzales Co., Texas in August, 2011. This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and a Sigma 50-500mm lens and Canon 580 flash.
The male Great Pondhawk on the right was in Austin, Travis Co., Texas, in March, 2012.
Great Pondhawk
Erythemis vesiculosa
male
Hornsby Bend,
Austin,
Travis Co., Texas
1 May 2014
Great Pondhawk
Erythemis vesiculosa
male
Hornsby Bend,
Austin,
Travis Co., Texas
1 May 2014
Great Pondhawk
Erythemis vesiculosa
male
Hornsby Bend,
Austin,
Travis Co., Texas
1 May 2014
Great Pondhawk
Erythemis vesiculosa
male
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
23 July 2014
Great Pondhawk
Erythemis vesiculosa
male
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
23 July 2014
Great Pondhawk
Erythemis vesiculosa
male
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
23 July 2014
Great Pondhawk
Erythemis vesiculosa
male
San Marcos River,
3 mi W of Luling,
Caldwell Co., Texas
31 July 2014
Great Pondhawk
Erythemis vesiculosa
female
Santa Ana N.W.R.,
Hidalgo Co., Texas
6 November 2015
Great Pondhawk
Erythemis vesiculosa
female with prey, an emperor butterfly
Hornsby Bend,
Austin,
Travis Co., Texas
27 April 2016
Great Pondhawk
Erythemis vesiculosa
male
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
6 June 2016
Great Pondhawk
Erythemis vesiculosa
Resaca de la Palma State Park,
Cameron Co., Texas
19 November 2016
Great Pondhawk
Erythemis vesiculosa
National Butterfly Center,
Mission,
Hidalgo Co., Texas
5 July 2017
Great Pondhawk
Erythemis vesiculosa
female
Frontera Audubon,
Weslaco,
Hidalgo Co., Texas
5 July 2017
Great Pondhawk
Erythemis vesiculosa
male
Independence Park,
Gonzales,
Gonzales Co., Texas
21 July 2017
Great Pondhawk
Erythemis vesiculosa
male
Independence Park,
Gonzales,
Gonzales Co., Texas
21 July 2017