Brown hawker dragonflies on patrol

Brown hawker dragonfly on patrol

A spot on the River Avon, just downstream of Stratford, seemed particluarly attractive to dragonflies last month. There were at least five, probably all males, of two different species, contesting for territory on the same patch. The larger (the largest common dragonfly around these parts) were a couple of brown hawkers.

They seemed never to pause from their rapid flight with sudden unpredicatable changes of direction. These were the best of the pictures I managed to get.