Dragonfly Hunting in Northamptonshire and The Soke of Peterborough
Saturday, 31 August 2013
Southern & Migrant Hawkers
At this time of year, Southern & Migrant Hawkers begin to dominate the skies over their respective habitats. Migrant Hawkers will be seen pretty much anywhere, while Southern Hawkers are more choose, preferring small ponds. There is a strong colony at the Whitestones ponds Twywell Hills & Dales, where I recorded 5 males and an ovipositing female on 28 August. I am desperate to get a good side-on in flight shot of a Southern Hawker but am happy with this head-on shot taken at Twywell. I was also lucky enough to find this male perched up when the clouds passed over the sun.
At Ditchford today (31 August) there were around 100 Migrant Hawkers including several pairs in cop. Great opportunities for in flight shots too.