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Image Taken on 15 Sep 2018 at 15:35    Image of day on 06 Nov 2018

This male Southern Hawker Dragonfly is sunning himself on a stem of great Willow Herb. This is 2 different views of the same individual.


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Image Taken on 13 Aug 2017 at 09:28    Image of day on 30 Sep 2017

Our first confirmed sighting this year of a Southern Hawker Dragonfly was this male flying overhead and landing in this venerable Pear tree a few metres away. Inspecting the image on screen we note that the 7th segment (4th 'blobs' up from the bottom) is bi-coloured sky blue at the bottom and green at the top.


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Image Taken on 23 Aug 2014 at 12:49    Image of day on 02 Nov 2014

This male Southern Hawker dragonfly landed on this leaf of a Sweet chestnut (not that we get a crop - the Grey squirrels take them all before they are ripe) and was unusually tolerant of us moving around him. He looks absolutely pristine and likely emerged from the nearby Duck-shaped pond.


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Image Taken on 23 Aug 2014 at 12:51    Image of day on 02 Nov 2014

This male Southern Hawker dragonfly landed on this leaf of a Sweet chestnut and was unusually tolerant of us moving around him. He looks absolutely pristine and likely emerged from the nearby Duck-shaped pond.


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Image Taken on 27 Aug 2013 at 09:56    Image of day on 25 Oct 2013

We heard the rustling of this male Southern Hawker Dragonfly apparently trapped in a tangle of grass. Untangling him revealed that he was hooked by his left forewing on a dead blackberry thorn (the brown stem middle left to bottom right).


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Image Taken on 27 Aug 2013 at 09:56    Image of day on 25 Oct 2013

After being freed the Dragonfly sat for a moment on the hand. You can see that both left wings got bashed about in the struggle, but real damage was minimal (the thorn simply pierced a single tiny cell) and he flew off perfectly a few seconds after this pic.


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Image Taken on 08 Aug 2015 at 10:58    Image of day on 11 Oct 2015

A Southern Hawker Dragonfly has at last made an appearance - as usual over the main pond. At 7 fps we caught this moment as this male was rising almost vertically.


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Image Taken on 15 Aug 2014 at 14:05    Image of day on 26 Oct 2014

Out in the sunshine this Southern Hawker seemed at the time to be making a sharp turn in flight as appears here. But we were surprised when building this montage that all 3 images overlaid one another when aligned against the background. So it was in fact turning in a hover - probably against the North-West breeze that has been dominating the last few days. So we considered 3 separated frames but decided to show you what we thought we saw!


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Image Taken on 10 Oct 2009 at 15:14    Image of day on 12 Nov 2009

To our delight we still have Southern hawker Dragonflies on the wing in mid October on sunny days even when chilly enough for coats. This one was sunning itself in a stand of pine trees near the pond. Both its right wing tips are a little the worse for wear, but he appears otherwise immaculate.


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Image Taken on 18 Sep 2012 at 11:05    Image of day on 26 Oct 2012

Hawker dragonflies need to warm themselves in the sunshine to fly in lower air temperatures. You have to see them land to spot them as they align themselves with the stems


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Image Taken on 01 Sep 2010 at 11:17    Image of day on 27 Oct 2010

Despite the poor weather the brief periods of sunshine brought out a few dragonflies. They are getting a bit tatty now following encounters with blackberry thorns etc., but worth a few outdoor images on-the-wing. It is really only possible when they hover for a moment - here two frames about 150mS apart as he drifted forward a little.


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Image Taken on 09 Sep 2009 at 17:14    Image of day on 19 Oct 2009

We saw this pair of Southern Hawker dragonflies land in this 'Wheel' configuration in a willow behind duck pond and spend 63 minutes hanging on there being blown around in the wind before finally parting in two stages.
The male is at the top using his tail clasper to hold the female behind the head. She brings her vulva opening up to the male to pick up the sperm. They were very determined - the wind was blowing them about from this position to almost horizontal.


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Image Taken on 09 Sep 2009 at 17:39    Image of day on 19 Oct 2009

About 3 minutes before separating she has had enough and drops into 'tandem'. Some species then go on to lay eggs in this configuration, but not these.


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Image Taken on 09 Sep 2009 at 17:44    Image of day on 19 Oct 2009

The moment of separation probably and she flew off we know not where. He flew off a few minutes later


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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2008 at 16:26    Image of day on 06 Aug 2008

This is a Hawker dragonfly - the largest type. In the words of an old TV documentary we saw a couple of weeks ago, it will kill and eat 'anything smaller than itself'! Our experts differ on whether this is a male or female.


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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2008 at 16:24    Image of day on 06 Aug 2008

Here is the powerful mouth and segmented eyes.


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Image Taken on 29 Sep 2012 at 13:10    Image of day on 09 Nov 2012

The male Southern Hawker Dragonflies continue to patrol the pond in search of females. Here one is taking a rest in the sunshine on an otherwise cold day, hanging from the seed heads of one of the types of Mallow.


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Image Taken on 24 Jul 2007 at 15:04    Image of day on 19 Aug 2007

This a mid-sized pair of dragonflies in the 'wheel' position in which they mate. The male is the red insect on the top clasping the female by the neck. They can actually fly coupled like this.


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