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Dragonflies & Damselflies Page 12
Image Taken on 15 Aug 2018
at 12:29 Image of day on 04 Oct 2018
Outside our East border several Migrant Hawker Dragonflies were hunting in the
fitful sunshine, occasionally swerving from their path to catch some insect too
small for us to see. This moment of flight is about half a second
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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 18 Sep 2018
at 12:40 Image of day on 12 Nov 2018
A female Migrant Hawker Dragonfly sunning herself in a hawthorn hedge.
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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
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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Image Taken on 01 Aug 2017
at 12:48 Image of day on 16 Sep 2017
The only Hawker or Darter Dragonflies we are seeing at the moment are a couple of
male Migrant Hawker Dragonflies hawking high over the meadow.
To get a decent sized view of the insect this half-a-second montage has closed the gaps
between the frames which at 7 fps should be spaced at about 3 body lengths.
Ref: 20170916_df3_20170801_1248_144-147 migrant hawker dragonfly in flight 1-4 of 4 (close spaced montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
Image Taken on 01 Aug 2017
at 16:24 Image of day on 16 Sep 2017
A male Migrant Hawker Dragonfly was making circles over the meadow giving a
chance to get this sequence (again at 7 fps) on a pre-focussed camera
(auto-focus is too slow).
Read this montage strictly right to left ignoring height. No wonder it is
so hard to follow them - this montage is less than 1 second of flight.
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Image Taken on 10 Sep 2015
at 10:27 Image of day on 05 Nov 2015
A Migrant Hawker Dragonfly warming himself in the weak sunshine.
We love the light blue colour (Turquoise or Cyan according to taste).
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Image Taken on 14 Sep 2012
at 11:09 Image of day on 28 Oct 2012
Despite air temperatures reaching only about 18C the Hawker
dragonflies are still about whenever the sun comes out. This is a
male Migrant Hawker hanging from a bramble stem to warm up in the sun.
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Image Taken on 27 Aug 2010
at 12:12 Image of day on 13 Oct 2010
Another individual (different detail in the markings) has chosen
the end of a pine cone to bask.
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Image Taken on 28 Aug 2010
at 15:18 Image of day on 13 Oct 2010
A line of Lodgepole pines at the edge of our mini-meadow facing roughly
South are not ideal for the trees behind but they make a magnet for dragonflies
on cool but sunny days. This is a Migrant Hawker Dragonfly sunning itself
before setting off on another patrol.
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Image Taken on 29 Aug 2018
at 15:31 Image of day on 19 Oct 2018
A male Migrant Hawker Dragonfly glides by with his latest afternoon snack,
then veers away dropping the indigestible bits as he went.
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Image Taken on 08 Aug 2014
at 10:14 Image of day on 18 Oct 2014
We love the colour of Dock seed heads, and we suspect that
Migrant Hawker Dragonflies may be attracted to brown to perch on,
being a good camouflage colour for them.
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Image Taken on 22 Aug 2015
at 12:33 Image of day on 22 Oct 2015
This male Migrant Hawker Dragonfly is one of the smaller Hawker Dragonflies
(though still impressive perching on your hand) and is a delight to watch hunting.
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