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.
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