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Red-tailed Pennant
Brachymesia furcata
The Red-tailed Pennant (Brachymesia furcata) is a medium sized tropical pennant of Texas and other areas of the southern and southwestern U.S. It also occurs in southern Florida. Most of my photography over the years has involved birds, so dragonflies have provided a different set of subjects to photograph. I enjoy photographing birds in flight when possible, but flight shots of birds are really tough. Well, I did not know what tough was until I tried to photograph dragonflies in flight! I spent several hours on a June 2002 day sitting along the edge of a cattle pond in south Texas (Kenedy Co.) trying to get some flight shots of some Red-tailed Pennants. Below are the best of my shots, but I would like to do a better job, eventually. The shots were taken with a Canon EOS 1V and 70-200 F2.8 L IS lens with a 2X extender and fill flash on Fuji Velvia. Below is another shot taken in Austin, Travis Co., Texas in July 2003. This third photo is a digital capture with a Canon EOS 10D and the same lens and extender as above. Scroll down for other shots. This is page one of Red-tailed Pennant. Page two shows a sequence of images of a young Red-tailed Pennant emerging from its exuviae. Click here to go to that page.
The next shot shows a Red-tailed Pennant in an obilisk position at a small south Texas water hole in Hidalgo Co., during June, 2006. The image was shot with a Canon EOS 1DMark II and EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender and 580 flash.
The male Red-tailed Pennant shown here was near Mission, Hidalgo Co., Texas, in May, 2008. This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender.
The female Red-tailed Pennant is a rather nondescript looking dragonfly, but the thick base to the abdomen and the small orange/yellow patch at the base of the hind wing point toward an identification. This female Red-tailed Pennant was in Austin, Texas, in July, 2008. The image was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender and flash.
The next two shots of a male Red-tailed Pennant were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 300mm F/4 l IS lens and 2X extender and 580 flash at Santa Ana N.W.R., Hidalgo Co., Texas, in June, 2009.
The next 2 shots of a female Red-tailed Pennant were taken in Austin, Travis Co., Texas, in August, 2009, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and an EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender and 580 flash.
The next 3 shots, two young males and a female, were taken at Falcon State Park, Zapata Co., Texas, in September, 2010. These shots were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and a Sigma 50-500mm lens and Canon 580 flash.

Red-tailed Pennant
Brachymesia furcata
young male
near the Gila River,
Yuma Co., Arizona
4 October 2013


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Red-tailed Pennant
Brachymesia furcata
young male
near the Gila River,
Yuma Co., Arizona
4 October 2013


32.7432
-114.4941

Red-tailed Pennant
Brachymesia furcata
male
West Pond,
off Senator Wash Road,
Imperial Co., California
5 October 2013


32.8740
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Red-tailed Pennant
Brachymesia furcata
pair in copula
West Pond,
off Senator Wash Road,
Imperial Co., California
5 October 2013


32.8740
-114.4787

Red-tailed Pennant
Brachymesia furcata
male
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
1 November 2013
Red-tailed Pennant
Brachymesia furcata
male
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
1 November 2013
Red-tailed Pennant
Brachymesia furcata
male
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
1 November 2013
Red-tailed Pennant
Brachymesia furcata
female
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
6 June 2016
Red-tailed Pennant
Brachymesia furcata
male
Hornsby Bend,
Austin,
Travis Co., Texas
21 June 2017
Red-tailed Pennant
Brachymesia furcata
male
Hornsby Bend,
Austin,
Travis Co., Texas
13 July 2017
Red-tailed Pennant
Brachymesia furcata
male
Hornsby Bend,
Austin,
Travis Co., Texas
13 July 2017
Red-tailed Pennant
Brachymesia furcata
male
Hornsby Bend,
Austin,
Travis Co., Texas
13 July 2017