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Brown hawker on a blue day

 

This Southern Hawker is sitting in my garden and has been for an hour or so. Obligingly it has let me get really close with the macro lens. I have many fabulous shots of it but none closer than this one which was almost touching. You might like this full screen if you are not too squeamish about these things...

It was such a joy to see this Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) patrolling my garden pond a few days ago.

 

I would have liked to have caught it with the wings in a better position, but that's life. I do like the splash of colour in the background :)

(I did better in 2010 and 2011 as you can see from the two shots in the comments)

 

This hawker never hovered or perched at all over the lengthy period of time it was in my garden. This is typical of the male's behaviour and makes photographing them a real challenge, full of frustration, but when you get a shot, it's extremely rewarding.

 

Thank you for visiting, and I appreciate all you comments, favs and invites. Have a great weekend :)

I'll be catching up over today and tomorrow.

 

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Pre WW2 1930's 2 seat light bomber. The mainstay of the RAF in the Inter War Years... The same stable that the Fury and eventually the famous Hurricane came from...

My obsession with these fantastic creatures continues...

 

Handheld macro, manual focus.

 

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Large is nice.

 

My last of the year.

Not very seasonal I'm afraid but one from my Summer archive during my absence.

It's a Souther Hawker and he seems to be trying to cling on to 2009 with all his strength.

 

I wanted to thank my friends and contacts for your lovely words and visits during this year. I do try and keep up with you and do struggle sometimes.

Anyway here's to all my family, friends, contacts, well everybody. Have a lovely day/evening and I'm wishing you all the best for 2010.

(Aeshna sp.) This one was in the process of emerging from my pond. On the leaf you can see the discarded skin from it larval or 'nymph' stage.

Taken at my little local pond - not the easiest place for a decent pic of these female Brown Hawkers ovipositing when its always along a pebble-lined wall. She was almost too close for this one and I still had to crop out a large pebble right at the front but its the best I have got of one of these at this particular pond.

Male Norfolk Hawker dragonfly, taken at Elsea meadows, Bourne.

A nice empty beach with not a footprint to be seen. We didn't manage to get up to Stepper Point as there were some mean looking cows blocking the path.

 

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Making more Hawkers, I think they are Migrant ones??

Brown Hawker Dragonfly looking to land at Lomeshaye Marsh.

Another hawker dragonfly paid a visit to the garden and hung up somewhere a bit more accessible

A Hawker Hurricane brings it's mighty Merlin engine to life as the sun sets.

 

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A southern hawker I think? Not the cleanest of backgrounds but looking so beautiful on the heather flowers - a real joy!

Migrant Hawker Dragonfly - Aeshna Mixta

The Hawker Hind was developed from the Hawker Hart as a light bomber by Sidney Camm of Hawker Aircraft Limited.

 

The Hawker Hind was purchased by the RAF as an interim aircraft whilst more modern bombers such as the Fairey Battle were being developed.

 

The Hind's structure was manufactured from Steel and Duralumin with the wings covered with doped fabric, and powered by a Rolls Royce Kestrel V engine.

 

The Hawker Hinds improvements on the Hart were a tail wheel instead of a tail skid, a cutaway rear cockpit for better field of view and an improved exhaust system.

 

The prototype, K2915, made its first flight on the 12th of September 1934 and with a few modifications the first production Hawker Hind flew on the 4th of September 1935.

 

The Hawker Hind went into service with the RAF in November 1935 and eventually equipped 20 Squadrons.

 

The Hawker Hind was phased out of front line service by 1937 being replaced by the Fairey Battle and Bristol Blenheim.

 

At the outbreak of the second World War the Hawker Hind was retained in the Army co-operation role with 613 Squadron prior to being replaced by the Hawker Hector in 1939.

 

The main role of the Hawker Hind during WWII was as an intermediate training aircraft replacing the Tiger Moth.

Common Hawker I think.

Crymlyn Bog Nature Reserve Swansea.

A visit to Rainham Marshes on a cloudy day. Not much bird life, so sat down and tested my patience with dragonfly flight shots.

 

Shutter-rate one-millionth :-P

 

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Was very suprised to see this Hawker dragonfly in the garden yesterday - it was raining at the time.

Close-up of Migrant Hawker Dragonfly -

Aeshna mixta

One of about half a dozen southern hawker dragonflies seen on the edge of woodland at Nottingham Hill near Cheltenham last Thursday afternoon.

North of Wilpena Pound, Heysen and ABC Range, from St Mary Peak

Migrant Hawker - Cleethorpes country park.

The Hawker dragonfly came back. Hung up on my miniature pine tree. Focus stacked using zerene. Focus stacked using zerene.

Southern Hawker ? - Cleethorpes.

The Arkaroola Panorama, Opened May 2017

Migrant Hawker - Cleethorpes.

Sunderland Air Show 2014

With a little autumn colour thrown in. :)

 

The background is a bit busier than I might have liked, but I was really pleased to just find where one parked up for a moment. One of our larger dragonflies with a body about 7cm long and a wingspan up to 10cm.

 

www.british-dragonflies.org.uk/species/southern-hawker

Hawker warming up for a days hunting at Ormesby Little Broad pathway. "The Green Eyed Monster".

Always a pleasure to see these rare dragons so close to home.

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