The southern hawker dragonfly can be identified to species when observed closely. On the second segment of the abdomen, below the thorax that has the wing attachments, you can see a yellow triangle. This is diagnostic of southern hawker, whereas the similar migrant hawker has a golf tee shape here.
A walk in rather damp underfoot conditions gave views of all the resdent birds without offering anything unusual. A kestrel performed well overhead as an immature wren posed for the camera. The recently recorded little egret was again at Hadham Hall lake, as were 5 mallards, numerous swallows, swifts and house martins as well as the resident grey heron. However, the highlight was managing to get some pleasing photos of insects, especially of a southern hawker dragonfly which was intent on staying put whilst I managed some good close up shots. Also shown here are a bright, newly emerged peacock butterfly as well as a comma, feeding on the local knapweed. Note, too the tiny black pollen beetles feeding on the plant. Also worthy of note was my first recording of a common darter dragonfly for 2009.