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A commemorative bench at Netley provided the perfect foreground for a fabulous sunset over Southampton Water. I flipped the image so the lettering is the right way around

Tags:   England ArmisticeDay Sunset Southamptonwater memorial

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Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) - pair in-cop

Tags:   Anisoptera Bentley Wood Dragonflies England Hampshire Insecta Insects Libellulidae Nikon D90 Odonata Paul Ritchie Ruddy Darter Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO Macro DG Sympetrum Sympetrum sanguineum www.hampshiredragonflies.co.uk

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Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) - female

Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) - female from Ramsdown today

Every now & again you get an encounter which really lifts your day. A female Hawker is always a bonus, and usually encountered while they're in the act of ovipositing.

This female Southern was warming up on the Rhododendron wall ad lifted a couple of times before settling and, after creeping in very carefully, allowing a profile macro shot.

Very welcome after being stuck in since Saturday (and most of August!)

Tags:   Aeshna Aeshna cyanea Aeshnidae Anisoptera Blue Hawker Dorset Dragonflies England Insecta Insects Latchmore Brook New Forest Nikon D90 Odonata Paul Ritchie Ramsdown Sigma 105mm f/2.8 Macro Southern Hawker www.hampshiredragonflies.co.uk

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Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) - male

The forecast said 'sunny intervals and light winds'. I had rain. So I resigned myself to seeing nothing, but I would check the pond water levels.

At Ramsdown I noticed the levels had doubled, but were still basically puddles. A brief break in the clouds brought forth a bevy of Common Darters before they all sodded off again at cloud cover.

It continued like this for the next two hours, and was an exercise in patience just in case a hawker appeared. Sure enough, towards the end, in came a Southern Hawker - a young 'un, full of vim & vigour and almost impossible to follow.

And he came too damn close to focus on several occasions, so for a challenge I switched to macro.

Thankfully I managed a shot.

Tags:   Aeshna Aeshna cyanea Aeshnidae Anisoptera Blue Hawker Dorset Dragonflies England Insecta Insects Latchmore Brook New Forest Nikon D90 Odonata Paul Ritchie Ramsdown Sigma 105mm f/2.8 Macro Southern Hawker www.hampshiredragonflies.co.uk

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Moorland (Common) Hawker (Aeshna juncea) - female ovipositing

Always a special moment when a female comes in to oviposit; usually in those quieter moments. Incredibly shy, stealth & patience are essential to avoid scaring her away for good.

A little cramp and discomfort allowed her to come in close for probably my best opportunity yet.

Tags:   Aeshna Aeshna juncea Aeshnidae Anisoptera Common Hawker Dorset Dragonflies England Insecta Insects Moorland Hawker Nature Nikon D90 Odonata Paul Ritchie Ramsdown Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO Macro DG www.hampshiredragonflies.co.uk


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