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Southern Hawker

Aeshna cyanea


This is a large hawker with a fast and seemingly tireless flight. Very difficult to approach with exceptional eye sight that can record the smallest change in light as you try to sneak up on it. Known as the Blue Hawker in other parts of Europe


A large, solitary, inquisitive and colorful species of lowland standing waters, including many garden ponds.


This incredible dragonfly actually approached me to check me out. An experience that I will never forget! It took me a great deal of time to get a half decent photograph. Thank goodness for digital photography. Using traditional film, I would have wasted at least 2 rolls just trying to get this fabulous creature on the wing.

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ToshimiDowaki 12 years ago

Brilliant shot!!

Oh yes, I can imagine your troubles!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 12 years ago

Wonderful spotting..!!

ARtPeNnography 12 years ago

superb shot....

mariajo 12 years ago


AlphaZeroOne 12 years ago

Hi Atul, Doina & Ismael. Thanks for your kind comments and feedback. Doina, you are correct with your observation that these dragonflies will hover motionless for a brief moment. This particular one actually hovered several times, inches (cm) in front of my face, checking ME out before shooting off in some unpredictable direction. Amazing speeds and amazing flying skills. Something almost haunting about being 'inspected' and appraise by an insect whose ancestors have been around for hundreds of million years.

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 12 years ago

Wow! Excellent photo

DoinaRussu 12 years ago

This is a great photo, captured in flight, with very good details! Is very difficult to get this because of rapid flight and chaotic :)
Dragonflies have a habit of returning to the same place and, fortunately for photographers, have a habit of flying "in place" for a split second !:)
My compliments!

Atul 12 years ago

great spotting great colors.
thats the beauty of digital photography AlphaZeroOne.

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Malvern Hills, England, United Kingdom

Spotted on Aug 3, 2011
Submitted on Sep 26, 2011

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