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Dragonflies & Damselflies Page 21

Image Taken on 04 Sep 2023 at 15:50    Image of day on 29 Oct 2023

Migrant Hawker Dragonflies have this year outnumbered all of the other species combined.


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Image Taken on 07 Aug 2021 at 15:02    Image of day on 19 Sep 2021

Several Dragonflies patrol various areas on warm days, but mostly too high to get decent photo. This female Migrant Hawker Dragonfly stopped on a head-height Purple Loosestrife flower long enough to get a photo. Dragonflies have no interest in flowers beyond somewhere to perch.


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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 16 Aug 2023 at 13:03    Image of day on 08 Oct 2023

Over the Wheat crop in the field north of our patch several Migrant Hawker Dragonflies swoop and swerve in the search of midges. These two were close enough for the photographer to get both flights in frame at the same time.


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Image Taken on 14 Sep 2022 at 14:29    Image of day on 23 Oct 2022

As the afternoon warmed up we found this Migrant Hawker Dragonfly hunting near the blocked gate - one of their favourite places every year. The small Hover-fly was only spotted as we prepared the image.


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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 28 Aug 2019 at 11:08    Image of day on 15 Oct 2019

A male Migrant Hawker Dragonfly hangs from the desiccated leaves of a cut Blackberry stem.
Blackberry is a valuable wildlife resource, but keeping access past areas where they grow is a constant chore - stems can grow across a path in just a week.


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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 03 Aug 2022 at 16:29    Image of day on 16 Sep 2022

In the warm sunshine a few Migrant Hawker Dragonflies were hawking up and down the concrete track. Roy can't resist photographing them in flight even if it does mostly produce hundred of blurred or blank frames.


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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 09 Aug 2023 at 15:52    Image of day on 29 Sep 2023

The dominant Dragonfly here at the moment (and most years) is the Migrant Hawker. There are sometimes 5 or more in flight over the meadow. The style of annal appendage tells us that this is a female - missing from the filename.


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Image Taken on 14 Sep 2022 at 14:30    Image of day on 23 Oct 2022

This flying Migrant hawker dragonfly montage is accurately spaced at 7 frames per second.


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Image Taken on 08 Aug 2022 at 12:13    Image of day on 21 Sep 2022

Most years we get a good show of Migrant Hawker Dragonflies at the south end of the access track, and in the evenings over the meadow. Here is a little sample, starting with Migrant Hawkers near the gate.


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Image Taken on 24 Sep 2021 at 12:46    Image of day on 06 Nov 2021

This Migrant Hawker Dragonfly was flying along the avenue of Lombardy Poplar trees. Here shown at 8 frames per second accurately montaged.


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Image Taken on 16 Aug 2023 at 13:03    Image of day on 08 Oct 2023

At the time we couldn't see that the Dragonfly at the top left was busy carrying a midge, undoubtedly sucking it dry for the nutritional fluid. Here are 3 of the pics from the montage in more detail.


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Image Taken on 10 Aug 2021 at 17:50    Image of day on 19 Sep 2021

Migrant Hawker Dragonflies seem to fly at lower temperatures than other Hawker species we see here. This female has caught something held in her folded legs, and is eating it 'on the wing' as they do. The insert is the insect on the right.


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Image Taken on 24 Sep 2021 at 12:45    Image of day on 06 Nov 2021

When the sun appears for more than a few minutes various Dragonflies appear.
Here is a Migrant Hawker Dragonfly in flight.


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Image Taken on 14 Aug 2021 at 15:21    Image of day on 25 Sep 2021

The afternoon sunshine brought out a few Hawker Dragonflies. This is a male Migrant Hawker Dragonfly perched on a blackberry stem, photographed from the side.


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