My last few visits to Nethergong have seen an increase in Migrant Hawker numbers. From mid morning when the temperatures start to rise, good numbers can be found either hanging up in the grasses or bare branches on the trees or flying around sheltered areas. This has given me the opportunity to take a number of images of the immatures through to the mature adults. With some basic fieldcraft, I am often able to get quite close to them in the morning before they warm up.
With the Southern Migrant Hawker season coming to an end and with the dried up pool receiving a good bit of rain last week, the Migrant Hawkers have moved in and even seen ovipositing at times. This will make dipping interesting next year if I encounter both species next year as nymphs. I have also managed to encounter a few Emperor Dragonfly which have so far eluded the camera this year so it was nice a few days ago to find a male patrolling which at times, flew in and perched. I surprisingly was able to get quite close and capture a few images showing some nice detail. I did have a brief spell Sunday where I was attempting a few flight shots of Migrant Hawkers but have not looked at them yet so all being well, my next post may include a few flights shots of this species.