Hairy Dragonfly (Brachytron pratense)
A relatively small (55mm) hawker and the first on the wing in Spring. Preferring unpolluted, well-vegetated water bodies and often seen in large numbers.

Males patrol low over water, usually weaving in & out of reeds or rushes, making them a challenging subject for in-flight photographs. Often seen in large numbers hunting along pathways, clearings and meadows.

Females are predominantly yellow/green and are more likely observed away from water hunting and perching in well-vegetated meadows, wooded rides and clearings.

Towards the end of day I have observed males crawling backwards down stems to roost at ground level. There is some evidence showing that the nymphs will travel some distance away from water to emerge within tall grasses.
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