Monday, 26 July 2010

Big Waters - Big Dragons

Continued on the Dragon hunt with a wander around the east end of Big Waters including its outlet stream, which looks spot on for Dragonfly.
Only when we were at the east end of the lake did we see Common Hawker, Common Darter and possibly an Emperor. The outlet stream showed Damselfly and only a single Common Darter.
However, this stunner, a female Southern hawker ( I had earlier wrongly identified as a Common hawker), flew around our heads for ten minutes returning time and again to alight on the same Hawthorn bush. Just magic.

These are sections of the Big Waters outlet stream.


Northumbrian Birding said...

Hi Dick I was just there the other day and saw "nowt", but I think your Hawker is Southern Hawker.

Citybirding said...

Hi Brian,
I have to admit that I was wavering between Common and Southern

Johnnykinson said...

Very nice indeedy.
I have frequented that end of Big Waters a couple of times without much success, but in poor conditions. I always thought it may be a promising site.
Excellent find Dick,

Citybirding said...

Thanks John, I've come to the conclusion that unless its a sunny afternoon or at least quite warm it is difficult to see these dragons

kirstallcreatures said...

Lovely pics of the Southern Hawker, I made a similar ID mistake with the one I saw a couple of weeks back, L