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Drone Fly - face, Heesch, the Netherlands Presumed species. Found in our garden. It was very sluggish, probably near the end of its life. <br />
In dutch it is named the &quot;Blind Bee&quot;. It&#039;s neither a bee nor is it blind. <br />
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In dutch it is named the &quot;Blind Bee&quot;. It&#039;s neither a bee nor is it blind. <br />
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In dutch it is named the &quot;Blind Bee&quot;. It&#039;s neither a bee nor is it blind. <br />
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With this post I&#039;m at the end of my photo stock, I simply have nothing left :) Eristalis tenax,Europe,Heesch,Netherlands,World" /></a></figure><br />
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Drone Fly - face, Heesch, the Netherlands

Presumed species. Found in our garden. It was very sluggish, probably near the end of its life.
In dutch it is named the "Blind Bee". It's neither a bee nor is it blind.

Drone Fly, Heesch, the Netherlands Presumed species. Found in our garden. It was very sluggish, probably near the end of its life. <br />
In dutch it is named the "Blind Bee". It's neither a bee nor is it blind. <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/67644/drone_fly_-_closeup_heesch_the_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/67645/drone_fly_-_face_heesch_the_netherlands.html<br />
With this post I'm at the end of my photo stock, I simply have nothing left :) Eristalis tenax,Europe,Heesch,Netherlands,World

Drone Fly - closeup, Heesch, the Netherlands Presumed species. Found in our garden. It was very sluggish, probably near the end of its life. <br />
In dutch it is named the "Blind Bee". It's neither a bee nor is it blind. <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/67643/drone_fly_heesch_the_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/67645/drone_fly_-_face_heesch_the_netherlands.html<br />
With this post I'm at the end of my photo stock, I simply have nothing left :) Eristalis tenax,Europe,Heesch,Netherlands,World

With this post I'm at the end of my photo stock, I simply have nothing left :)

    comments (15)

  1. ADORABLE! I want to hug it!

    You need to get out there and take some more pictures then! :)

    Oh, I was also curious. What kind of equipment will you be taking on your approaching journey? How much weight will you be carrying? And what do you do if equipment malfunctions?
    Posted 6 months ago
    1. Here's the main equipment:

      Nikon D850 + battery grip
      Nikon D810 + battery grip
      80-400mm + 1.4 extender for all-round birding and other spontaneous photography.
      105mm macro
      14-24mm ultra wide angle (bringing it but often not using it much)
      SB900 speedlight + diffuser
      Ring flash + commander + adapters
      GP-1 GPS unit
      Two shoulder straps for heavy loads
      Tons of chargers, memory cards, cleaning kit, and all that small stuff
      Binoculars, flashlights, headlights, UV light

      This amounts to about 11kg for the main bag which I carry, and still some needs to be offloaded to a second bag.

      If any of it malfunctions, I'll throw myself of the nearest cliff. Not really of course, but I am quite paranoid about it. I can deal with a camera malfunction as we have two bodies. A lens malfunction would be a disaster as I have no backup and it would kill either birding or macro in its tracks. My biggest fear is a card malfunction. I would break down in tears if a big card fails as it costs so much money and energy to fill it, and you can't redo it. Every year when I get home, I can't relax until I have the cards verified and backed up.


      Posted 6 months ago
      1. That is a lot of weight! I'm guessing your hikes are not too far from the base camp in which you will be staying?

        Bahaha! No throwing yourself from cliffs! I hope your equipment runs smoothly the entire trip. I know I would be just as paranoid. I worry enough about unloading small batches of photos!
        Posted 6 months ago
        1. It is a lot of weight but there's ways to compensate. I have a great backpack. You strap it as closely to your back as you can, inside is a flexible iron frame that adjusts to your back. After an hour of use, the weight feels part of yourself, not something alien pulling on you.

          For the camera in my hand (typically the heavy 80-400 combination) I use a shoulder strap. This reduces the pull on your shoulder or neck.

          The main bother is not the weight, it's all of this stuff getting in the way, restricting movement. Therefore I greatly enjoy the night tours, where I carry nothing but the macro combo.

          The hikes differ per location. We are either at basecamp or driven to a place away from basecamp. Then we're generally out all day, and take breaks and lunch directly in the field. So the hikes are lengthy in time, but generally in a slow pace. We're not running up mountains or anything like that. The physical challenge is mostly in the conditions. In particular in the Amazon, just standing still is plenty of suffering as the sun hits like a hammer. And to deal with it, you have to overheat even more by protecting every part of yourself with a layer of clothing, if you want to keep your skin.

          All good fun though, no complaints :)
          Posted 6 months ago, modified 6 months ago
          1. I hope you have a safe and fun trip, Ferdy! :) Posted 6 months ago
            1. Thanks so much, Lisa :) Posted 6 months ago
  2. > With this post I'm at the end of my photo stock, I simply have nothing left :)
    OMG! ... you're at least 10.000 photo sessions with 5-150 images each ahead of me *rolleyes*
    Posted 6 months ago, modified 6 months ago
    1. I don't EVER expect to be finished. T_T Posted 6 months ago
    2. 10.000 photo sessions? I'm not going to be asking about age hehe :) Posted 6 months ago
      1. I've only been doing this for 10 years orso ;o) A "photo session" in this respect is one series of one animal (or group/species) neatly sorted on my hdd by (tentative) species ID and date, with usually some 20-30 images, sometimes 1 sometimes 300, but never "sorted and selected" *rolleyes* ... As for age. Yes I'm older than you, but only roughly about 1,5x ;o) Posted 6 months ago
        1. Wow! How many species? Posted 6 months ago
          1. Should be around 1000 species, easy - sometimes 100 series of a species but way more often 1 or 2. Lots still unidentified however ... pffffffff ... :-/ Posted 6 months ago
            1. Wow, wasn't expecting that number. I guess I don't have to tell you about this place where you can post them ;) Posted 6 months ago
  3. Nice close-up! Posted 6 months ago
    1. Thanks! Posted 6 months ago

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''Eristalis tenax'' is a European hoverfly, also known as the drone fly . It has been introduced into North America and is widely established.

Similar species: True Flies
Species identified by fchristant
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By fchristant

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Uploaded Oct 12, 2018. Captured Sep 8, 2018 15:19.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/16.0
  • 1/60s
  • ISO64
  • 105mm