Monday, 16 July 2018

Stunning Southerns

I made an after work visit to Nethergong tonight, arriving at 16:30pm where I spent an hour walking alongside the stream checking for dragonflies and damselflies in very hot conditions. I didn't manage to find any Willow Emerald Damselfly but it was pleasing to see c25 Emerald Damselfly (only 3 seen at the weekend). Most seemed to be newly emerged and although a little late this year, it seems that they may well have a successful season if there numbers continue to grow. I would hope at the weekend to be seeing a few Willow Emerald Damselfly emerging from the stream. As I continued to walk around, I saw 4 Southern Hawker flying up and down the paths before resting up at times briefly which allowed me to take a few photos of this stunningly coloured species. Also seen were 1 Brown Hawker, 2 Emperor Dragonfly and good numbers of Blue tailed and Azure Damselfly.
 






Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) - Immature male
 

6 comments:

  1. Wonderful images of a Southern Hawker, thanks Marc.

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    1. Many thanks Bob. Much appreciated.

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  2. The Southerns may be common, Mark, but they're always a treat to see. Great images!

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    1. Many thanks Richard. Love the way they continually check you out in flight.

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  3. Great shots Marc, lovely colours.
    We had over a dozen from our pond this year but they always take off before they develop much colour. Sue

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    1. Many thanks Sue. A lovely species to be able to study and photograph at close range.

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