Tuesday, September 2, 2014

More Dragonflies at DuPont Environmental Education Center

Fall migration is upon us, and we owe you a few more posts about birds, but first let's look at some more dragonflies!

Like previously, at my work there is a nice selection of dragonflies, and some actually perch for pictures. Some will migrate away soon, and when the weather gets cold they will be all gone, so let's enjoy them before we turn our attention to hawk watches and big sits.

Also, I am going to try something different here and attempt to link the images to my Flickr account.

Blue Dashers are easy to photograph, are everywhere, and hang around for you. I guess they are the Great Blue Herons of the dragonflies in that they pose well everyone gets pictures of them. Here are some of mine, including the last one (which I am very fond of).

Blue Dasher
Blue Dasher
Blue Dasher
Blue Dasher

Needham's Skimmers also like to perch and pose.
Needham's Skimmer
Twelve-spotted Skimmers seem to be out a bunch lately, and they perch and pose well, sometimes with prey in hand (which, for some reason, won't imbed at the same size as the other pictures).
Twelve-spotted Skimmer
Twelve-spotted Skimmer
Twelve-spotted Skimmer
Eastern Amberwings are just little things. So cute.
Eastern Amberwing
And finally, for today, Eastern Pondhawks, where the males are nice powdery blue, but the females are a gorgeous green.
Eastern Pondhawk (male)
Eastern Pondhawk (female)

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