With sunshine last Saturday, I spent quite a bit of time watching the Migrant Hawkers flying around and perching up. Thankfully these appear in good numbers where I live and despite taking lots of photos already of them over the past few years, you can't help but get drawn back for more. Furthermore, with a steady approach, you can get really close to them which always makes for a nice study. I found a few males on Saturday holding a territory where I observed them flying up and down and then perching up in the reeds. This made an ideal opportunity to get some photos with a more friendly background as opposed to the normal dark sticks and branches background. After an hour of photo taking, I ended up with a few nice shots, the top one being a particular favorite. I like the angle on this one and the background shows it off quite well. They are a very inquisitive species I find, often coming in very close to check you out but I still await another chance to capture some in flight shots. Maybe the weather will be nice again this weekend so I can have another session learning yet more information about these wonderful insects and how best to improve my shots with the camera. Fingers crossed for sunshine and light winds, and some posing dragonflies!
Migrant Hawker (male)