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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 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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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.

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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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