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Dragonflies & Damselflies Page 22

Image Taken on 19 Sep 2020 at 13:08    Image of day on 06 Nov 2020

A male Migrant Hawker Dragonfly stops for a moment on a cut Blackberry stem.

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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 2022 at 12:14    Image of day on 21 Sep 2022

Here we caught a male Migrant Hawker Dragonfly finishing sucking a midge dry and dropping the empty exoskeleton. That dot below the 3rd from the left Dragonfly is the dropped insect you can see just being released in the second pic. Immediately the prey has gone the legs move back to their aerodynamic position.
Frame rate is 8 fps throughout this selection

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Image Taken on 22 Aug 2020 at 15:55    Image of day on 06 Oct 2020

This male Migrant Hawker Dragonfly landed to hang from one of the giant thorns of a Blackthorn plant in a hedge.

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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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Image Taken on 22 Aug 2015 at 12:37    Image of day on 22 Oct 2015

The Migrant Hawker Dragonfly is only interested in the flower as somewhere to perch while hunting over the pond!

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Image Taken on 01 Sep 2022 at 12:51    Image of day on 08 Oct 2022

A closer look at a male Migrant Hawker Dragonfly hunting over a concrete access track that acts as a suntrap.

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Image Taken on 26 Jul 2014 at 15:53    Image of day on 02 Oct 2014

A 'lucky' couple of frames (where luck = 100s of frames trying!) of a migrant male Migrant Hawker flying by above us. The spacing is arbitrary.

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Image Taken on 08 Aug 2022 at 12:17    Image of day on 22 Sep 2022

Continuing the celebration of Migrant Hawker Dragonflies.

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Image Taken on 29 Aug 2019 at 12:48    Image of day on 15 Oct 2019

The most numerous Hawker Dragonfly this year is the Migrant Hawker. Here is a male flying by accurately positioned at about 7 fps.

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Image Taken on 19 Aug 2018 at 15:03    Image of day on 11 Oct 2018

The predominant Dragonfly here is, as usual, the Migrant Hawker. One evening we saw at least 4 at once hawking over the meadow. Here is one of the males flying overhead.

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Image Taken on 15 Sep 2019 at 15:57    Image of day on 09 Nov 2019

A few Migrant Hawker Dragonflies hunt over the meadow during the warmer parts of the day. Here is one in an accurate montage (so slowing down) with a larger scale portrait from what would have been on the right.

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Image Taken on 30 Aug 2022 at 15:47    Image of day on 08 Oct 2022

We have a good number of Migrant Hawker Dragonflies this year. This montage just over half a second of flight catches the chaotic manoeuvring of these insects. Top left downward, then vertically upwards.

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Image Taken on 03 Aug 2022 at 17:49    Image of day on 16 Sep 2022

Out venerable garage provides a clear backdrop for this male Migrant Hawker Dragonfly flying right to left and in two frame (fifth of a second) has turned completely round to fly the other way. What manoeuvrability!
Of course the cameraman didn't react quickly enough to the reversal and camera panning left lost the insect out of frame :-(
Want to try for a still image yourself: Even top-end autofocus is hopeless unless the background is bland sky, and auto exposure usually goes badly wrong. So you need a camera with lockable manual focus and ability to set shutter speed, aperture and ISO rating in manual mode. Even low-end SLRs can do this although the frame rate will be low.. Typical sunny day settings Shutter 1/1250 Aperture F9 ISO 640 Lens 50 - 100mm focussed about 5 metres away. Shutter button: high-speed continuous.
As you spot a dragonfly flying towards your focus distance, start taking frames until it has passed your focus distance. If you can't follow the action in the viewfinder just learn to point the camera 'blind' with lower enough zoom that it keeps the insect 'in-frame'. Expect a huge failure rate and check that your 'aim' keeps insects mostly in-frame. If you have any successes please send them along!

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Image Taken on 19 Aug 2009 at 15:10    Image of day on 28 Sep 2009

This view solved a riddle hanging over from last year when we caught a 'white faced' dragonfly which escaped from the net before we could identify it. The sex and stage of life vary the body & facial colour.

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