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    Quote Originally Posted by vikkib View Post
    It does look like a googled pic of an Azure Hawker so would be interested if your question gets a reply TEB.

    It's been windy hear but not sure windy enough to have blown one all the way down from bonny Scotland to less bonny Essex!

    I saw it (possibly a different individual but the same kind) again yesterday too. We're fairly close to the River Colne but no water in the garden or any of the gardens in the immediate vicinity.
    Hi Viiki,
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    Posted by: Ollie
    On: 01-09-2009 10:13 PM

    The Common Hawker is a larger insect than the Azure, although this may be difficult to determine in the field.

    The Azure has no shoulder stripes where the Common has narrow yellowish shoulder stripes. The Azure has a golden brown costa (leading edge of the wing) The Common has a brighter more yellow costa.

    The spots on segment 9 of the body are square shaped on the Azure and more dome shaped on the Common.

    How diificult these featurees are to distinguish in the field I can't say as I have never seen an Azure only a Common.


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    Jules - WOW! They are totally amazing pics!

    TEB - I'm with you, in that the pic doesn't really show the defining features very well and as I'm in Essex it's unlikely to be the Azure... mighty pretty beastie though... really fascinating.

    I heard David Attenborough on the radio the other day and he mentioned a time when dragonflies with two foot wing spans inhabited the earth. How scary would that be?!

    I think I prefer these smaller versions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vikkib View Post
    It does look like a googled pic of an Azure Hawker so would be interested if your question gets a reply TEB.

    It's been windy hear but not sure windy enough to have blown one all the way down from bonny Scotland to less bonny Essex!

    I saw it (possibly a different individual but the same kind) again yesterday too. We're fairly close to the River Colne but no water in the garden or any of the gardens in the immediate vicinity.
    It could also be a migrant hawker British Dragonfly Society - Migrant Hawker - what do you reckon

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    WOW.. Julesapple, she's beautiful, and so photogenic, is she tame???

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    Goodness she is absolutely beautiful, how old is she? how did your daughter come by her!

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    WOW.. Julesapple, she's beautiful, and so photogenic, is she tame???
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    Goodness she is absolutely beautiful, how old is she? how did your daughter come by her!
    My DD was doing the work experience required by her college course at our local falconry centre, the kestrel was gifted to her after she hatched her and reared her by hand. Freya is now completely 'imprinted' on my DD, so that the DD can do anything with her. She will always return to my daughter when they go flying.

    Freya will never be tame in the way that a cat or dog would be tame, but my DD can kiss & cuddle her. Freya knows the other family members and will be picked up, talked to and fed by us, but wouldn't tolerate us the way she does my daughter.

    She was hatched in April this year, and is still counted as a juvenile. After her first moult she will get her adult feathering. She weighs about 7ozs, and is quite big for a Kestrel.

    The DD did photography to A Level, so we have some fab pictures of Freya and the other birds that the DD has hatched, as well as photos of birds from the falconry that have spent a few days with us when they've needed special care.

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    Your daughter is so lucky to have Freya trust her like she dose, it must be a wonderful feeling??

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