Broad-tailed Shadowdragon
Neurocordulia michaeli
The Broad-tailed Shadowdragon (Neurocordulia michaeli) is only known from parts of northern New England and parts of southeast Canada. It is seldom seen perched, and like other members of its genus, it flies typically only at dusk over rivers. The shots here (all posed) were taken on the Petawawa River, Renfrew Co., Ontario, Canada, in July, 2005, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens with a 2X extender and 580 EX flash. A number of us stood in the moving water of the river at dusk when scores, perhaps hundreds, of these shadowdragons began to fly. A number of these were netted. The next day we posed some for photos since the species has apparently seldom been photographed in life. The male (top two shots) displays greenish-yellow eyes of a unique color.