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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

A Migrant Hawker - not the end of summer!

I love Migrant Hawker dragonflies. Males searching for a mate will often pause their cruising flight to hover for a few moments, offering me an opportunity for a decent flight image.

Migrant Hawker - Aeshna mixta
I captured this image of a hovering Migrant Hawker in late August 2013

I often think of my first Migrant Hawker of the year as a sign that the end of summer is approaching. I refuse to think so this year, as I've already seen my first one, and there's lots of summer still to come!
As I was walking through the Woodland at RSPB Rainham Marshes yesterday (15th July), I saw a medium sized dragonfly fly past me and perch under a branch of a hawthorn next to the path. The choice of perch already suggested that it was a hawker, but it was clearly much smaller than the Emperors that I'd been watching all day.

It only took a few moments of viewing through binoculars to confirm that it was an immature male Migrant Hawker.
an immature male Migrant Hawker at Rainham Marshes on 15th July 2014