|The first push|
|just hanging around|
|slipping out a bit further|
|now reach up . . .|
|. . . and swing the tail out|
|start pumping those wings up|
|wings just about fully formed|
|note the pale blue markings on the final few segments|
of the abdomen - makes our newborn a boy!
Good luck dude !
(click on photo for better view)
|And on this photo from a different angle|
the pale blue/green marks can be seen running all along
the top side of the abdomen
(click on photo for closer look)
|A teneral female southern hawker|
the thorax and abdomen have diagnostic patterning to tell species apart
the thick waist and yellow band markings at the tail end make it a female
Later a mature male came sweeping around the pond looking for mates, and flushed another teneral female which flew up into the branches of an oak tree above, again I was able to locate it about 18 foot up and got this shot from below.
|another teneral female|
Damsels present were of only the two species recorded last visit. About 20 large reds and 40-50 Azure damsels.
It was with a bit of frustration when I had to leave, I would loved to have kept on photographing the emerging male southern hawker and see it through to take-off, but by all accounts it can take hours. I only hope it got away before the inevitable dog-walkers arrived for their daily rampage of the pond.
Specimen recorded : Southern Hawker Aeshna cyanea