Last Friday I had a go at photographing a southern migrant hawker (Aeshna affinis) that was flying around an gap between some reeds and some hawthorn. This meant I could get away with using my 100mm macro. Therefore this images are quite heavily cropped.
I spotted a southern migrant hawker on Monday but didn’t get a photo. There was also a male migrant hawker (Aeshna mixta) flying around and hovering quite a bit.
On Tuesday morning I went back to where I saw the migrant hawker and it was flying and hovering around. Sadly the sun was absent and I had to shoot at f8.0 with my Sigma 150-500mm, so was shooting in ISO1600 and 800.
You can see the differences between the two species: The male southern migrant has uniform blue eyes and only blue and black on the abdomen, where as the migrant has brown and blue eyes and some brown on the abdomen