Yesterday morning at 5am I made the short drive to a site south of Reculver where I wanted to see if any damselflies could be photographed with dew on them. Again the conditions were not right on arrival so I found a few damselflies to train the camera on as the sun come up. While I waited I thought I would have a look in the margins to see if any dragonflies could be seen emerging. Knowing that the Hawkers tend to emerge at night I checked an area where I had found some Migrant Hawker exuvia a few days ago. As I scanned through the reeds I picked up the sight I was looking for, a newly emerged Migrant Hawker. A few inches below it was the fresh exuvia so I quickly went and got the tripod and camera and set up in the water. The sun duly arrived given me the opportunity to capture a few shots of this special moment but with the hawker still very wet, I knew this might take some time to dry out.
Immature Male Migrant Hawker
Immature Male Migrant Hawker Wing
In the mean time I checked some more areas where I was able to find quite a few Common Darter emerging. Annoyingly, they had all just emerged and were hanging on their larval cases which did provide some nice photo challenges but I would like to have seen one emerging from the start and try to capture this event on the camera, another challenge for sometime.
Newly Emerged Common Darter
I spent the next 2 hours going backwards and forwards between the Migrant Hawker and Common Darters where I continues to take a selection of shots as they slowly dried out. Eventually the Migrant Hawker went into some action and moved to a nearby stick where it rested until its wings were fully open which gave me more photo opportunities.
Immature Male Migrant Hawker
With time moving on I decided to go down to Westbere Lakes but before I left I did see lots of Common Blue and Blue tailed Damselfly, 1 Emperor Dragonfly and a few Black tailed Skimmer and Small Red eyed Damselfly. I made the 10 minute journey to Westbere where after having a drink I wandered up to the river and took a stroll west towards Fordwich. I saw c10 Migrant Hawker dragonflies with a few posing in the sunshine for shots while a male flew by hovering at times allowing me to grab a few shots, I will save some of these shots for a rainy day.
Male Migrant Hawker
I also noted c8 Brown Hawker which proved yet again frustrating but I did see a perched female which using the reeds I crept up on and fired off a few shots before she flew off, not a very angle and with a cluttered background but a shot nonetheless.
Female Brown Hawker
With this I decided to walk back to the car seeing hundreds of Banded Demoiselles and 1 Southern Hawker. A lovely session with a few bonus shots taken as well, superb to watch them emerging early morning and witness this miracle of nature happening before your very eyes. Hopefully a few visits in the week if the sun comes out but I have a few extra shots if not to post in the meantime.