1 EAGLETON NOTES: Common Hawker

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Thursday, 19 August 2010

Common Hawker

It’s been a very warm, sunny day today and late this afternoon and early evening I had the doors to the conservatory open.  After I’d shut them and when I was on the phone I discovered that I’d trapped a dragonfly inside.  It seemed very distressed and this made taking a photo difficult.  Added to that was my desire to try and get it out and back to freedom.  I cannot recall seeing a dragonfly at the house before but with my memory that may not mean that I haven’t actually seen one.  My niece Helen has told me that this is a female Common Hawker which, despite its name and being widespread in the UK, is not actually all that common.  It’s certainly a spectacular creature and at almost 3” long it’s also a very large creature to have flying around the conservatory.

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6 comments:

  1. Sorry...logical me knows I should admire this beastie...irrational me justs wants to say yeuch.
    Have to admire the skill and patience which captured the image though.

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  2. Nice job with the pictures, Graham :)

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  3. Lovely photos of another house guest. The word is spreading far and wide about your hospitality, I think.

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  4. It looks very strange in the indoors environment! As much as I find them rather fascinating to watch outdoors I think I would feel rather panicky myself with one trapped indoors. Hope you got it safely out again.
    Last summer I managed to get some photos of some of "ours" at the river; this summer I also saw some on one occasion, but then they were too far away from me to get photos of.

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  5. Yes. She escaped pretty quickly once I opened the window fully. She wasn't as bad flying round as a bird would have been despite her size.

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