Well its back to teaching tomorrow but having had a nice few weeks off, I thought I would look back at my highlight of the summer holidays as far as seeing and photographing dragonflies. Ironically, the highlight come in the first week off when news broke at Wat Tyler Country Park in Essex that the rare Southern Migrant Hawker dragonfly was on the wing. I have spent quite a bit of time over the past few years looking at photos of this species on the internet and hoped one day, I would be able to see one and if I was lucky, maybe obtain a photo or two. Little did I know that on the 31st July, I was going to be be treated not only to great views of this dragonfly but also time to study and capture some photos of this striking species. Hopefully they will slowly spread in the UK in the next few years but whether I will ever get a better opportunity to see and photograph them remains to be seen. What I do know is that I too, now have a very pleasing set of images of this stunning dragonfly.
Southern Migrant Hawker (male)