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Dragonflies & Damselflies Page 24
Image Taken on 27 Aug 2013
at 12:45 Image of day on 26 Oct 2013
This male Southern Hawker Dragonfly photographed at 7 fps was
hovering and drifting slightly left over the duckweed. So
imagine the head just moving left at the same height.
Ref: 20131026_df1_20130827_1245_446-448 southern hawker dragonfly male in flight at 7 fps 1-3 of 3 (spread montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 22 Aug 2015
at 12:12 Image of day on 21 Oct 2015
This is a male Southern Hawker viewed from below (i.e. flying
vertically upwards). They often perch in a sun-warmed Blackberry
hedge to warm up before starting their patrols over the ponds.
Ref: 20151021_da1_20150822_1212_201+1326_345_ft1 southern hawker dragonfly male in flight from below + blackberry leaves (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 29 Sep 2011
at 15:14 Image of day on 12 Nov 2011
After initially fighting at one pond, two unexpectedly pristine
(for late in the season) male Southern Hawker dragonflies settled
to patrolling one pond each for hours on end for a few days - lovely to watch.
We brought one of them in for a little photo-shoot.
Ref: 20111112_da1_20110929_1514_310+1450_253_ft1 southern hawker dragonfly male in flight with autumn hawthorn leaves (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
Image Taken on 08 Aug 2010
at 15:05 Image of day on 25 Sep 2010
This Southern Hawker dragonfly landed on a Cypreses (from which
this frond was cut) in a small cloud of pollen. We brought it in
for a few pics in flight, of which this actually has the whole
insect in view. One of the 4 wings is pointing straight at the camera -
a useful illustration of the total independence of each wing in flight.
Ref: 20100925_da1_20100808_1505_067+1601_154_ft1 southern hawker dragonfly male in flight with conifer frond it landed on (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
Image Taken on 06 Aug 2009
at 11:15 Image of day on 14 Sep 2009
This is a male Southern Hawker Dragonfly which has become a regular summer
visitor in the last few years. We finally managed to net this one for some
portraits. The first image was taken in our flying insect setup.
Ref: 20090914_da1_20090806_1115_068+1123_085_ft1 southern hawker dragonfly male in flight with hawthorn (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 19 Aug 2012
at 14:46 Image of day on 26 Sep 2012
This large & colourful male Southern Hawker dragonfly was quite accommodating for
the few minutes before we released him to carry on guarding the main pond as his
territory - i.e. looking for 'girls'.
Ref: 20120926_da1_20120819_1446_312+1516_402_ft1 southern hawker dragonfly male in flight with hedging (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
Image Taken on 17 Sep 2010
at 13:39 Image of day on 04 Nov 2010
Hardly a nick in the wing of this beauty despite being almost at the end
of his life.
Ref: 20101104_da1_20100917_1339_077+20100912_1444_080_ft1 southern hawker dragonfly male in flight with teasel head (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
Image Taken on 01 Sep 2014
at 16:18 Image of day on 12 Nov 2014
This male Southern Hawker dragonfly seemed at the time to be
stationary, but over the 22 frames of which this is the first and
last, he rose about 1 body length during the 3 seconds.
Ref: 20141112_df2_20140901_1618_051+072 southern hawker dragonfly male in slow rising hover over pond @ 7fps 01+22 of 22 (accurate montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 27 Aug 2006
at 18:04 Image of day on 07 Sep 2006
This beautiful Male Southern Hawker Dragonfly was in a sycamore
tree glowing in a pool of sunlight. Note the tracery of its wings
shadowed on the tree bark.
Ref: 20060907_p32_20060827_1804_906 southern hawker dragonfly male in sycamore tree(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 02 Sep 2011
at 12:14 Image of day on 18 Oct 2011
As the sun went behind cloud this male southern hawker dragonfly ceased
his patrolling and literally hung himself up inside a pond-side bush.
We could only find him because we saw him fly in.
Ref: 20111018_df1_20110902_1214_022 southern hawker dragonfly male inside bush hanging from twig (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 31 Aug 2009
at 18:05 Image of day on 07 Oct 2009
A warm wind with intermittent sun brought out a wonderful show of
dragonflies including at least a dozen of these beauties over the
hedges, ponds and along the paths. Near the end of the day this
one perched on a sequence of dead weed stems and finally stayed
on this one. It was still there 10 minutes later when we left it
Ref: 20091007_db1_20090831_1805_080 southern hawker dragonfly male on desiccated hogweed stem (web crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 28 Sep 2008
at 14:54 Image of day on 17 Oct 2008
On the last of the recent warm days this beauty was still on the
wing. We last showed you some indoor shots on 5 September - these
are a more natural (if technically more limited) views,
Ref: 20081017_da1_20080928_1454_002 southern hawker dragonfly male on hawthorn (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 28 Sep 2008
at 14:56 Image of day on 17 Oct 2008
Ref: 20081017_da1_20080928_1456_064 southern hawker dragonfly male on hawthorn side view of upper body (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 06 Sep 2015
at 12:36 Image of day on 04 Nov 2015
A bit of sunshine and air temperature of about 19C or more bring out the
Dragonflies. This male Southern Hawker was warming itself on a hedge.
Ref: 20151104_df3_20150906_1236_005 southern hawker dragonfly male on hedge(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 05 Oct 2016
at 16:06 Image of day on 19 Nov 2016
A southern Hawker Dragonfly landed in a woodpile and was quite hard to locate.
Here he is mostly hidden and given us an unusual view of the underbody.
If you have an interest in the underneath of Dragonflies you will find some
moderate quality normal light views as part of our Ultraviolet
survey (over 50 insects over 10 pages).
The insects are not dead - just chilled to calm them, and flew off once warmed up.
In the Section
Index you will also find plants and moths, butterflies, other
insects and (surprise!) moorhen, plus links to technical details of the work and
the paper produced by Wendy Harris on the results of the Dragonfly work of which we
are secondary authors.
Ref: 20161119_df3_20161005_1606_085 southern hawker dragonfly male partly hidden perched on twig(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 18 Aug 2021
at 16:10 Image of day on 25 Sep 2021
Glistening in the afternoon sunshine, this male Southern Hawker Dragonfly
warms himself in the fitful sunshine
Ref: 20210925_d73_20210818_1610_214 southern hawker dragonfly male perched in hedge(r+mb id@1024).jpg
Image Taken on 19 Aug 2018
at 15:22 Image of day on 11 Oct 2018
This beauty is a male Southern Hawker Dragonfly stopped to warm up in the
Ref: 20181011_df3_20180819_1522_185 southern hawker dragonfly male perched in hedge(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 21 Aug 2018
at 17:31 Image of day on 11 Oct 2018
This male Southern Hawker Dragonfly went to perch deep in a Blackberry
bush/hedge where we catch the beauty in dappled sunlight.
Ref: 20181011_df3_20180821_1731_051 southern hawker dragonfly male perched inside blackberry bush (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20181106_df3_20180915_1535_024+1536_038 southern hawker dragonfly male perched on great willow herb stem 1+2 of 2 (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
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.
Ref: 20170930_df3_20170813_0928_074 southern hawker dragonfly male perched on pear tree (segment 7 dual coloured spot) (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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