The Hawkers are generally with the exception of the Brown Hawker fairly approachable insects which helps when photographing them.
Southern Hawkers. Flight period late June to mid October. I find these can be very approachable and will often fly pretty close to you checking you out.
Migrant Hawkers. Flight period mid July to late October. I find these are often very approachable allowing you to get within inches of them for very close up shots.
Brown Hawkers. Flight period early July to mid October. Very wary Dragonflies and I find that they will take flight as soon as they detect your presence unless you are lucky enough to catch them eating some type of prey and then if you are very careful you can sometimes sneak up on them and get a photograph. I find that a decent tele-photo zoom lens is often better than a macro lens to get photographs of this insect as this means you don't have to be as close to them as with a macro lens.
Norfolk Hawkers. Flight period end of May to end of July. I have very little experience of this Dragonfly. I have only had the chance to photograph these at the one location (Strumpshaw Fen in Norfolk) for a few hours. However they are in my opinion the most striking coloured Hawker with their golden brown bodies, black and brown legs and striking emerald green eyes. They really have to be seen in the flesh to appreciate the true beauty of them.
Emperor Dragonfly. Flight period early June to early September. Britains largest dragonfly in terms of wingspan. Very difficult to approach and one for the tele-photo zoom lens rather than the macro lens. A stunning dragonfly with the males having blue bodies with a black central stripe and the females green bodies with a black central stripe.
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