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Image Taken on 08 Aug 2022 at 12:15    Image of day on 22 Sep 2022

Walk the Line!


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Image Taken on 08 Aug 2022 at 12:15    Image of day on 21 Sep 2022

The nice sweep of the Migrant Hawker Dragonfly at the bottom is supplemented by another Dragonfly flying in from the top of the frame.


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Image Taken on 17 Sep 2022 at 13:30    Image of day on 27 Oct 2022

This montage is accurately spaced at about 7 frames per second.


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Image Taken on 16 Sep 2022 at 15:18    Image of day on 27 Oct 2022

we had a couple of days seeing Migrant Hawker Dragonflies at various of their favourite haunts.
This first montage is more tightly spaced than reality.


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Image Taken on 04 Aug 2021 at 13:04    Image of day on 15 Sep 2021

Migrant Hawker Dragonflies are smaller than most of the other Hawker species in the UK, but can fly at good speed, and perform the most amazing changes of speed and direction. The magnified insert is of the right hand image.


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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 20 Aug 2019 at 12:54    Image of day on 10 Oct 2019

This female Migrant Hawker Dragonfly is eating her latest catch (some sort of Midge) while on the wing. Once she has sucked her prize dry she will drop the body and wings to the ground.


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Image Taken on 29 Sep 2022 at 14:43    Image of day on 04 Nov 2022

Some polystyrene foam put out for recycling attracts this female Migrant Hawker Dragonfly to lay her eggs in it. The texture must be similar to that of suitable pond weeds. Her ovipositor is sticking vertically downwards 2 segments up from the two flappy bits (anal appendages). The ovipositor was repeatedly pushed down hard into the plastic foam were we assume an egg was deposited.


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Image Taken on 29 Sep 2022 at 14:45    Image of day on 04 Nov 2022

Here is more detail of another egg deposition.
We didn't want her wasting her eggs on this fruitless venture, so chased her away.


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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 25 Jul 2022 at 16:38    Image of day on 07 Sep 2022

A female Migrant Hawker Dragonfly perched in a hedge. The yellow 'T' shape behind the wings helps in identification when perched, and the atypically long pair of 'anal appendages' help here and when in flight.


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Image Taken on 11 Aug 2021 at 10:32    Image of day on 19 Sep 2021

A female Migrant Hawker Dragonfly sunning herself. Air temperature has been marginal for Odonata this week, and they all rest in the sunshine periodically to warm up.


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Image Taken on 17 Aug 2019 at 13:43    Image of day on 10 Oct 2019

A female Migrant Hawker Dragonfly perched for a little portrait.


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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 25 Jul 2023 at 08:44    Image of day on 18 Sep 2023

This female Migrant Hawker Dragonfly is the first confirmed sighting this year. Here perched on a rolled up leaf photographed from 2 angles while warming in the sunshine. A few days later 3 of this annual visitors where in flight over the same stretch of concrete track, but moving so fast that in-flight pics have so far all failed :-(


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Image Taken on 06 Sep 2021 at 15:27    Image of day on 19 Oct 2021

A Migrant Hawker Dragonfly basking in the afternoon sun on an Ash tree twig at least 50m from the nearest open water.


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