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|This is the 3rd of the Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) images this is a male in his full glory, basking in the sun on a fence post in front of a conifer hedge which makes this area a sun trap much loved by the local dragonflies, when they are in hunting mode and when they are away from the water in their teneral phase. The female differs from the male by the spots on the back being a paler green not so luminious and the end 2 segments of the tail lack the bright blue.His eyes have a bright blue irradesance to them which she doe'nt.The bright areas on the wing are not from sharpening, but from reflected sun light , Heis probabley only just into his full colouration and the wings are still a little reflective.|
He will fly off to a pond with plenty of trees sounding it like in a wood land clearing, which is why these are seen so often in garden ponds, because that is what garden looks like to a dragonfly, A male needs about 50m of bank space for a teratory but this is very flexible fewer male and there is almost no end to it a lot of them and he will almost share it with another.
on arriving he will start flying up and down about 1m above the water looking into gaps in the bank side vegitation and little bays of clear water in the reeds , he is looking for females depositting eggs he can grab, the unmated female arrive looking for the males and will soon find a cruising male who will chase them in a short twisting flight finally grabbing the behind the head with the graspers on his tail. they then form the wheeeled position and fly off into high trees to complete the copulation. she will return in the early morning to deposit the eggs into logs and tree roots and even live plants. The larvae take 2 years to mature before emerging to repeat it all again , so it is possible for a year to have on flying dragons but for them still to be there.
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This is also a nice one of this hawker. Nice colours and DOF. Great note. Thanx Robert.
- [2004-08-30 5:39]
The thingy that seems to be a nail had me reading your note twice. Very nice capture of this hunter (of prey and females) The color is stunning and the DOF great. Thanks
- [2004-08-30 5:52]
Nice shot Rob, great colours and excellent note.
- [2004-08-30 5:58]
The shot is not so spectaculair,
But the sharpness and the colours are good, and of cours with the note it's three points, very good job Robbert
Very good Robert.
It's very colourful with good details and good DOF.
A great note.
I'm glad to see you're finally getting a few hawkers round your way. I've yet to see the first Mixta of the year, and of these and browns I've seen very few, too. Nice capture with good colours, sharpness and DOF. These critters are just gorgeously coloured ;-)
- [2004-08-30 10:53]
Une belle libellule avec de jolies couleurs lumineuses. Et une super note instructive...
Well done !
- [2004-08-30 13:39]
What is that umbigiual? spell check please! cord doing in the frame? I though you sai he has now come into his own, and here he is still attached to the apron strings!
VERY nice catch, and note too.
- [2005-07-25 13:16]
Such a beauty!
Very good job on this photo too!