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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 9:45 pm    Post subject: Brown Hawker. Reply with quote

I was delighted to see this male brown hawker patrolling my garden yesterday and when he landed i was even more delighted that he let me take a picture. what an amazing sight just watching this guy catching flies in mid air, master of the skies.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 7:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How amazing! I've never heard of such an insect ( will look up my books!).....your photo is fabulous.
Speaking of insects, I had flocks of small tortoiseshell butterflies all over my flower beds on Thursday (the day before The Deluge!) I've no idea where they suddenly came from, as my garden is at a very early stage and surrounded by farmland.
But it was a magical experience and amply repaid my determination to plant nectar-rich plants.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 7:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I forgot to mention that one of my beautiful butterflies was caught and eaten by......a wagtail! Not a nice sight, but it's the natural food-chain I suppose, though I'd say a butterfly must be the equivalent of a huge steak for the wagtail!
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a Dragon Fly
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

paddy-s wrote:
It's a Dragon Fly


Very Happy Correction it is a brown hawker dragonfly on a traditional Irish whitewashed wall. Very Happy Nice capture hawthorn, seen a few like it in the bog in my time.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes your right Paddy-s its a dragon fly and my mistake i think its a common Hawker (Aeshna juncea) and not a brown hawker, but dragon fly is a common name used for quite a large range of these insects.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks sive the photo was taken in a hurry, i was afraid he would take off before i had the picture taken. this guy was out on the same day you saw your tortoiseshell butterflies, i think it was the sun alright that brought them out. thanks janelee but i think its a common hawker.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2009 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

had a visit into our conservatory by a Brown Hawker a few weeks back. Got a couple of nice photos too. Beautiful creature and seriously big...




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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2009 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're right Hawthorn, it's a male Common Hawker - a magnificent creature!
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