Posts Tagged ‘Southern Migrant Hawker

06
Aug
20

Old Blue Eyes

We ignored a White Tailed Eagle and a White Stork on the coast and headed for South West Norfolk today.

The name ‘Southern Migrant Hawker’ does not beligh in any way the beauty of these delicate dragonflies. Perhaps the alternative name of ‘Blue-eyed Hawker’ that has slipped into use is more appropriate. It does sum the beast up quite well. However I’m reluctant to use it because what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, and I’ not sure I could bear to call Norfolk Hawker ‘Green-eyed’

Anyway we came across about six of these smart dragons today. In the future they will become a regular part of our fauna here within Norfolk. I feel sure of that!

 

24
Jun
20

A good find

I have to say she may not always know what she’s looking at in the Northern Hemisphere, but that wonderful antipodean wife of mine has eyes like a burglar’s horse. She misses nothing. We were walking through some beautiful open woodland when I was asked “what species of dragonfly is this?”.

I took a look. I took another look. It was miles early, but I tentatively suggested, Migrant Hawker. … but it didn’t look quite right. My next suggestion was she photographed it and asks the lads (and ladies) on the WhatsApp group we’re in. The reply came back it was definitely a ‘Southern Migrant Hawker’ (thanks Andrew & Rob). I should have known this and bebated myself for not realising it myself.

Anyways, if you look in any of the ‘usual’ British Dragonfly books it will state the species has one previous UK record in 1952. The current reality is far from this. Four individuals were observed in southern England during 2006. During 2010 many individuals were then seen in south Essex and North Kent, with oviposition being noted at two sites. The species is obviously starting to colonise the UK.

Still … it’s a good find.




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