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Title image: Hairy Dragonfly by Dave Smallshire

  • Bristol
  • Brown Hawker – Looked like a drone!
  • In my garden around 6/7pm last friday. It came I think to eat the winds bounty. It really looked like a drone, we actually thought it was at first… I have never seen anything this large in this country, it came right up to our faces a number of times hovered and then went off to catch food again. It took off slowly and had stillted slow robotic movements and then went nto gliding again…..it went to eat high above the third floor flat above….small flies? moths? There is no river water near me, maybe the odd garden pool for a stagnang source…not sure how far they venture for food…. I have seen one toad in three years in my back garden so just a pond or two I think…anyone know…what is this?I have trawled through the net and cant see anything like it…. I took a photo in the end but only far off…was so magical and stayed around for five or ten mins….I love my dragonflies and other species and Im often found down in penisford by the weir. but this ones flight pattern, and just general nosines…and t just behaved like and was nothing like before, its size was noting comparable to what Ive seen in the UK. Its wingspan was huge and it really shone like more than irredescant, more like it had glitter and large scales of gold and brown upon its body and wings. I would say it was far bigger than my hand (its body) I have large hands for a woman. My friend was playing the fiddle as we were rehearsing our song for a performance it was quite special…too special to pic up a camera tbf. sorry!! The area of Bristol is Saint Andrews, near Cromwell road arches.

30 Aug 2019
EM
  • Kent
  • Damsels in my garde
  • Have small wildlife pond in my garden and over past few days have seen several damselflies up to 5 at a time one of which is noticeably larger than the others but they are flying constantly and a joy to watch
    Gillingham Kent is

28 Aug 2019
Ssg
  • Norfolk
  • Male Brown Hawker
  • Sunbathing on a paving stone in garden in full sun

22 Aug 2019
MJH
  • Greater London
  • Hackney central unexpected sighting!
  • Small backyard in very urban setting – one dragonfly appeared and settled on a clematis hedge followed by a second one a few minutes later. We have no idea why!

21 Aug 2019
ES
  • Surrey
  • Southern surprise…
  • A Southern Hawker (female)
    Seen at the bottom of my garden resting on the top of a garden cane. I became aware of it by a sound; at first I thought it was a Cricket

21 Aug 2019
JS
  • Essex
  • Willow Emerald Damselfly sighting
  • Willow Emerald Damselfly spotted at RSPB Rainham Marshes reserve

21 Aug 2019
AR
  • Kent
  • Willow Emerald Damselflies in Kent
  • A four hour visit to Nethergong produced an amazing 386 WILLOW EMERALD DAMSELFLY, the most I have seen at this site. Also seen were
    15 Emerald Damselfly, 7 Small red eyed Damselfly, 6 Banded Demoiselle, 1 Brown Hawker, 14 Migrant Hawker and good numbers of Common and Ruddy Darter.

21 Aug 2019
  • Essex
  • Migrant hawkers in Canvey
  • A group of 3 has been patrolling my garden now for a few days. Centre of town rather than the reserves. Pics available if reqested. One was stationary on a branch for about 45 minutes

20 Aug 2019
PM
  • Norfolk
  • Hello Hawker!
  • Two mating Norfolk Hawkers by my pond near Wymondham Norfolk.

20 Aug 2019
CL
  • Surrey
  • Southern Hawker
  • Southern Hawker just flew into the house, managed to get her out in one piece!

20 Aug 2019
LA
  • Yorkshire
  • Sighted in our garden on a Sambuca
  • Out garden is at 700 feet on the Derbyshire edge of Sheffield. The dragonfly was resting for some minutes on a Sambuca shrub, then seen flying through the garden

19 Aug 2019
KMCT
  • Powys and Brecon Beacons
  • Southern Hawker
  • I went to Llyn Coed y Dinas nature reserve in Welshpool, Wales to see what Dragonflies where there. I was very lucky to see a Southern Hawker land next to me on the mossy wooded deck and it looked like she was laying eggs. I took a photo and if anyone can confirm it that would be great.

19 Aug 2019
  • Lincolnshire
  • Two types in my back garden
  • At this time of year for the last few years we’ve had dragonflies in the back garden. We live in Grimsby close to a big park with a big pond. I’ve always been fascinated by them, and tried to photo them. I’m no expert, so I can’t really say which type they are, but the smaller one has an orange body, and the larger one was bright blue. They were both in the garden on the same day.

19 Aug 2019
JB
  • Isle of Man
  • Female Hawker taking a breather
  • In my garden near the edge of town, resting on Buddlea on a windy day was a Female Common Hawker. Have never seen one here before

19 Aug 2019
SR
  • Hampshire and Isle of Wight
  • Golden ringed dragonfly visit.
  • Golden ringed dragonfly in my garden near our pond. I’m pretty sure I have the species right, black with yellow rings and a much larger dragonfly than I have seen before. I was unable to get a photo but did see it close up.

19 Aug 2019
CCC
  • North Yorkshire
  • Common Hawker in Yorkshire Dales
  • Male Common Hawker seen in graveyard and sunning itself on side of church at Hubberholme in Wharfedale in Yorkshire Dales. I was able to take a number of good photos of it.

19 Aug 2019
TJW
  • Surrey
  • Willow emerald
  • 8 willow emerald in Richmond park at white Ash pond . In the tall trees left of the bench on the end of the bare branches . A couple on the other side of the pond at about 4 metres up on bare twig ends .

    3 ruddy darter and a southern hawker hunting in woodland

18 Aug 2019
dsg
  • Essex
  • Many dragonflies
  • At least 10 dragonflies all flying around my garden. One yellow/green one; one red and gold, one possibly brown bodied and the others were flying around too quickly to see what they were. They have appeared now for 3 days running and fly around for about half an hour or so then just disappear. There is no pond or water feature of any sort in the garden.

18 Aug 2019
J
  • Norfolk
  • Migrant Hawker male
  • Migrant Hawker on hedge lined footpath North East Norfolk. Resting on vegetation. I usually see a lot of dragonflies this time of year, but I’ve not seen this handsome fellow before. He was very happy to stay still to be photo’d

18 Aug 2019
SGL
  • Kent
  • Willow Emerald Kent
  • Unexpected Willow Emerald at Cliff Pools RSPB. A male turned up right in front of our car in the main car park.

18 Aug 2019
AR
  • Derbyshire
  • A brown-hawker or two!
  • I was alerted to dragonflies on The Pool, Pool Road, adjacent to Melbourne Hall, Derby this afternoon.

18 Aug 2019
IC
  • Devon
  • Small red-eyed Damselflies in Plymouth city centre.
  • On 18th Aug one male small red eyed damselfly was seen a the Drakes Place Reservoir, Plymouth , the following day several seen, inc a tandem pair egg laying. this is possibly the furthest Southwest/West this species has been recorded in the UK. Also seen there 5+ blue-tailed, 4+ common blue damselflies, 2 Emperor, 2 common darter and 1 southern hawker.

18 Aug 2019
RE
  • Lincolnshire
  • Golden-ringed dragonfly
  • Great views of a Golden-ringed Dragonfly at Blacktoft Sands in North Lincolnshire. Spotted amongst a group of Brown Hawkers and flew 2ft in front of myself. This close encounter gave myself good enough chance to see the distinct black and yellow colours on the thorax and abdomen to be able to confidently identify it as the Golden-ringed.

18 Aug 2019
SB
  • Norfolk
  • Urban Norfolk Hawker
  • We live in Hellesdon, a Norwich suburb, and we’re surprised when this flew into our kitchen about 2pm through the open patio door. It went up to the roof lantern where photo was taken, and eventually found its way back outside.

17 Aug 2019
ghs
  • City of Edinburgh
  • RED DRAGONFLY
  • I am no expert in the sphere of dragonflies. Whilst photographing butterflies at the Northwich Woodlands in Cheshire I noticed there were several red coloured what I would assume to be dragonflies whizzing about. I took about half a dozen shots of them. I am more than willing to submit a photograph so that someone who is an expert on dragonflies can identify which species they are.

17 Aug 2019
DJ
  • Warwickshire
  • New pond visitors
  • Common darter and southern hawker visited my new garden pond within days of it being filled. Southern hawker observed egg laying on vegetation and logs. August 2019

17 Aug 2019
J A S
  • Oxfordshire
  • Golden ringed dragonfly found by our cat
  • Was caught, but saved from our cat in our garden in Abingdon, oxford.

17 Aug 2019
Lb
  • Yorkshire
  • Hawkers clash
  • A brown hawker grabbed a migrant hawker in mid air then flew onto brambles near me and began eating the migrant hawker head first…gruesome but fascinating. Seen at loglands nature reserve Hull… have pics and video if needed

17 Aug 2019
PH
  • Yorkshire
  • Suburban hawker
  • We thought a bird had flew into our conservatory. Took us 15 minutes to free it and off it went. Middle of a housing estate seemed to be strange though?

17 Aug 2019
DAF
  • Buckinghamshire
  • In a Buckingham garden
  • Flew backwards and forwards across the garden coming to rest on plants. I watched it eat a large black fly. Lots of pics taken.
    We have identified it as a male southern hawker (blue version).

17 Aug 2019
JT
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