There were a few people in Wat Tyler CP today looking for the Southern migrant hawker dragonfly. If you are unfamiliar with this species see my last post. Today I was unable to use my long lens so didn’t get any more of it in flight, but at the end of the day I got a call from my friend Jerry (click the name for his website) saying it was perching well. When I got there there were 2!
They had been posing well for those still around for a bit, and as you can see I managed a few shots before they flew off.
This one was missing most the rear right wing. There was yet another flying around. We had 3 definite different individual males seen today, one in perfect condition, one with some damage and another with the missing wing, but after some discussion we reckon there is at least 4 or 5 around, possibly more. I have just seen a post on Twitter by Southend Ornithological Group that they have been seen at RSPB West Canvey marshes.
Im going to add the new localities to the map on yesterdays post. I won’t be at Wat Tyler CP this weekend but if you have any sightings please post them here or on the British Dragonfly Society latest sightings page.