Haze went up to Tessier Gardens yesterday and within minutes one of these was flying around the little pond.
A Southern Hawker dragonfly. Not uncommon, but mightily impressive. Almost double the size of the Red Darters we’d seen mating around the pond a couple of weeks ago,
Haze has made the wings yellower and less transparent than they are in reality.
This was a female. She was ovipositing her eggs not into the water, but onto the mossy stones around the pond.
A marvelous moment. Haze, hands shaking with excitement, was thrilled to have got these pictures with her mobile phone.
We’re going up again to Tessier Gardens on the weekend. To see if we can see, and film, this beauty again. Hope so.
Words: Ian Nisbet; Photos & Drawing: Hazel Brown