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In all likelihood this is the same male migrant hawker as in the picture titled "Almost Mile High". The photo was taken some 5 minutes after the mating ended, when I went looking for the female laying her eggs in the rushes along the brook. One of the favourite egglaying places is a small tributary brook about 50 meters upstream from the bigger brook where the mating took place, and I spotted this fellow as soon as I got to the place after seeing the couple fly off in exactly that direction. I had hoped to find the female, too, but that would perhaps have been hoping for too much in one day.
This chap was sitting calmly rubbing his head a little and turning his head from side to side. He didn't seem to mind my presence in the least. To get the picture I had once again to wade into the brook and stand in 20 cm of mixed water and silt. Down here the brook is narrower, but the bottom is trecherous, as some places are deeper than others (above rubber boot level) and the silt will pull your rubber boots off if given half a chance, so caution is needed when moving around.
From this angle you can clearly see the marking identifying the species as a migrant hawker (aeshna mixta); the yellow-white T-shape on his "bottom".
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Additional Photos by Bente Feldballe (milloup) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 608 W: 65 N: 329] (1829)
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