Sunday, 12 July 2015

Hawker and Darter

Brown Hawker Dragonfly (Aeshna grandis)

Not often do you find this species pitched so you have to take every opportunity to shoot a few images. 
I think this is a female that I found.





Common Darter Dragonfly (Symptrum striolatum)

The first one is possibly an immature male and others immature females.





24 comments:

  1. Great photos! I've never seen a brown hawker, but the one I see here (Southern) never ever seems to stop flying, so I know what you mean! Haven't seen any common darters yet. You seem to see everything earlier than me - like the silver washed fritillary on the previous post, which by the way the photos are stunning (as is the butterfly). :-)

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    1. Thanks Mandy, yes the Brown is just as bad. Very rare to see it pitched.

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  2. You've got some lovely photos here - I really like the last one with the seedhead. The silver washed fritillary in your previous post is a beautiful butterfly - your brambles seem to attract a better class of butterfly than ours do:) The only ones I've seen a few of so far this year are speckled woods.

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    1. Thanks D, our Summer appears a little late in arriving, so I hope that you will see more species soon.

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  3. Nice shots Roy. Yes I would agree, a female. I spent nearly the whole season last year trying for some photos of these. One of the hardest to get in my opinion.

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    1. Thanks Marc, it was a rare event seeing the Brown Hawker pitched. I think I have only managed it about 3 times ever.

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  4. Well done getting a few Brown Hawker shots Roy and its great to see the Darters starting to appear again :-)

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  5. Stunning photos Roy...
    Amanda xx

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  6. Hello Roy
    Quelle belle aeschne ! Une belle rencontre et une première fois pour moi.
    Ton striolatum est aussi bien pris.
    BIZ

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  7. Very nice photo's of the dragonflies. The backkground of the last photo's is beautiful. Photo no. 7 I like the best.

    Kind regards,
    Marianne

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  8. Fabulous photos of the beautiful dragonflies!

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  9. Superb!!
    The Brown hawker is totally absent in my area to my despair!!!
    Great series, your striolatum ladies are great pics too :)

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  10. I like the pictures ... but I'm afraid of these insects... but I don't know why...
    Probably trauma from past lives... no other explanation... ;-D

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    1. Thanks Ana. Yes not everyones favourite although quite harmless.

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  11. Hey Roy.... Such beauties, and you got great details, and the colors.. nice!!!

    Grace

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