A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds

Monday 30 September 2013

Migrant Hawker Dragonfly

In the sunshine at the weekend we visited WWT Slimbridge and took one of the last Landrover Safaris of the season around the Reserve. It was a lovely experience, the Warden and his assistants pointed out these Dragonflies which were perching on the blackberry bushes in the hedge or buzzing around the grassland catching prey. These look like small Emperor dragonflies with a blue abdomen and a characteristic golf tee shaped mark on the second abdomen. Common in central and Southern Europe they are now often found in the UK.
We were also shown one of the last Hobbys of the summer and a newly arrived Merlin which is common during the winter on the Reserve. Also a Buzzard and a Peregrine Falcon feeding on a kill.

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