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Dragonflies & Damselflies Page 11

Image Taken on 07 Jun 2013 at 12:55    Image of day on 22 Jul 2013

A pair of Large Red Damselflies are laying eggs in the main pond. The female (lower) is ovipositing on the pond lily leaf below the water surface, as you can see from the floating duckweed.


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Image Taken on 27 Jun 2010 at 11:25    Image of day on 09 Aug 2010

The damselflies are busy mating and laying. Mating couples often get harassed by other males wanting (and sometimes managing to get) the female for themselves.


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Image Taken on 21 Aug 2011 at 14:37    Image of day on 10 Oct 2011




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Image Taken on 21 Aug 2011 at 14:36    Image of day on 10 Oct 2011

A male Ruddy Darter kept bothering the pair - he probably thought the female was 'suitable' for his amorous attentions - we all know what lads are like! Each time the pair landed on the stick along he would come and disturb them.


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Image Taken on 05 Sep 2010 at 14:30    Image of day on 31 Oct 2010

This Migrant hawker dragonfly female was hunting over our North boundary on a chilly but sunny day and this was taken as she flew by into the wind slowing her progress enough to follow it with the camera. Note how the legs are neatly folded underneath - something you don't see in our indoor pictures because the insect hasn't had time to pull them up.


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Image Taken on 22 Aug 2015 at 18:11    Image of day on 23 Oct 2015

Perseverance sometimes brings its own 'luck' - here we caught this moment of a Migrant Hawker Dragonfly just failing to catch an insect. Read the montage left to right, all of this taking about half a second:-
  1. Dragonfly starts the swerve toward the insect.
  2. Dragonfly starts to lower it's legs to make a catch net.
  3. Insect almost caught in net.
  4. Missed it. Oh well, there are thousands more to try for!



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Image Taken on 08 Aug 2012 at 17:59    Image of day on 14 Sep 2012

A few days later a female migrant Hawker was disguising herself in a similar way.


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Image Taken on 09 Aug 2014 at 15:40    Image of day on 18 Oct 2014

Next day we saw this female Migrant Hawker Dragonfly land on the now spent flower of the Buddleia.


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Image Taken on 13 Aug 2014 at 12:31    Image of day on 22 Oct 2014

A couple of hours later a female Migrant Hawker dragonfly was hunting back and forth over the warm concrete, and we got this unexpectedly sharp image as she glided by.


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Image Taken on 10 Aug 2012 at 13:09    Image of day on 10 Sep 2012

For an in-flight photograph of a female Migrant Hawker Dragonfly this image is ridiculously sharp.


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Image Taken on 10 Aug 2012 at 13:09    Image of day on 10 Sep 2012

A detail from the previous in-flight photo.


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Image Taken on 17 Aug 2009 at 14:54    Image of day on 28 Sep 2009

Unusually a tripple entry for today celebrating this years first Migrant Hawker Dragonflies. First we netted this female.


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Image Taken on 11 Aug 2013 at 13:39    Image of day on 04 Oct 2013

This is a female Migrant Hawker dragonfly flying across our little indoor stage before we released her back over the meadow.


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Image Taken on 19 Aug 2012 at 10:40    Image of day on 19 Sep 2012

Migrant Hawker Dragonflies are the dominant larger dragonflies on our patch at the moment. We netted this one for a few flights down our 'tunnel' before releasing it, and obtained this elegant moment of take-off.


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Image Taken on 09 Sep 2016 at 08:41    Image of day on 28 Oct 2016

Before 9 a.m. on a mid-September morning some warm early sunshine brought out variety of insects into a east facing hedge.
This female Migrant Hawker Dragonfly has been flying about and obligingly landed where we could photograph her.


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Image Taken on 10 Aug 2016 at 12:12    Image of day on 29 Sep 2016

This female Migrant Hawker Dragonfly was whizzing about near a blocked gate and finally perched long enough to get this respectable image.


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Image Taken on 11 Sep 2015 at 14:57    Image of day on 05 Nov 2015

A female Migrant Hawker Dragonfly turning in the air at just the distance that the camera was pre-set to.


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Image Taken on 26 Jul 2014 at 15:51    Image of day on 02 Oct 2014

Another Migrant hawker sucking the juices from a prey item on the wing as they usually do, discarding the husk and wings when done.


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Image Taken on 19 Jul 2010 at 15:12    Image of day on 29 Aug 2010

This Migrant Hawker Dragonfly, an immature female, was the first of the year reported in this area.


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Image Taken on 22 Aug 2010 at 12:13    Image of day on 07 Oct 2010

This Migrant Hawker Dragonfly was for once flying low enough over a hedge for us to net her and bring it in for a few minutes taking photos.
Several years ago the Hawk and Owl trust determined that pellets from hobbies mostly contained the remains of Migrant Hawker dragonflies. But it is not so abundant this year - we have been pleased to see just one or two.



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