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Migrant Hawker in flight, Heesch, Netherlands This large Migrant Hawker was flying in "patrol mode". This means it keeps repeating the exact same route. Being in the middle of the route myself, it navigated around me by 2 stops, always at the same place. It takes some coolness to not be afraid of this large projectile flying straight at you at high speed, you have to put trust in that it will stop. Although the stops were predictable, they were extremely brief. This is my result after 20 minutes of trying. I'm not fully happy with it, as it is slightly moved, I should have used a different shutter speed.  Aeshna cyanea,Europe,Geotagged,Heesch,Macro,Netherlands,Southern Hawker,The Netherlands Click/tap to enlarge

Migrant Hawker in flight, Heesch, Netherlands

This large Migrant Hawker was flying in "patrol mode". This means it keeps repeating the exact same route. Being in the middle of the route myself, it navigated around me by 2 stops, always at the same place. It takes some coolness to not be afraid of this large projectile flying straight at you at high speed, you have to put trust in that it will stop. Although the stops were predictable, they were extremely brief. This is my result after 20 minutes of trying. I'm not fully happy with it, as it is slightly moved, I should have used a different shutter speed.

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  1. I know how it goes trying to get a good photo of a dragonfly in "patrol mode"! I too was having difficulty with this only a few weeks ago when I was still in the park (YNP), and gave up after around 15 minutes or so. It is rather amusing to watch, though. Posted 5 years ago
  2. Ditto, had several attempts and gave up, but then I was not using a tripod which probably would have helped. Love this photo, a faster shutter speed may have frozen it more, but I rather like the movement. Posted 5 years ago

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The Southern Hawker or Blue Darner is a 70 millimetres long species of hawker dragonfly.

It is large, with a long body. It has green markings on the black bodies, and the male also has blue spots on the abdomen.

The Southern Hawker breeds in still or slow-flowing water, but will wander widely, and is often seen in gardens and open woodland. This is an inquisitive species and will approach people.

The adult eats various insects, caught on the wing. The nymphs feed.. more

Similar species: Dragonflies And Damselflies
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Oct 8, 2014. Captured Aug 3, 2014 15:12 in Nistelrodeseweg 24, 5384 PN Heesch, The Netherlands.
  • NIKON D800
  • f/4.0
  • 1/60s
  • ISO100
  • 105mm