Cropton Forest Ponds (North Yorkshire) – 15/09/12

A planned visit to Tranmire Bog turned up nothing, due to a stiff cool wind blowing off the moor, so a visit to nearby Cropton Forest Ponds was in order, in the hope it would be more sheltered.

Forest Pond

Forest Pond

Again the wind wasn’t helping here, but I eventually found some ‘hawkers’ settling on the trees just past the bridge. The first was a Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta, quickly followed by a second. As I watched one of them, it flew past a copulating pair of ‘hawkers’ hung up in a tree. Closer inspection found them to be Common Hawkers Aeshna juncea, a species that I’ve found difficult to catch up with and photograph this year. Well today proved to be the opposite, as this pair were quite happy to have their photo taken from several angles. In addition, at least another couple of males came and settled on near-by tree trunks, again allowing several more photographs to be taken. A case of being in the right place at the right time. A couple of Black Darters¬†Sympetrum danae added to the scene, with a single Emerald Damselfly¬†Lestes sponsa being the only ‘damsel’ present. On this visit I didn’t find anything else to photograph, butterflies being noticeable by their absence.

Common Hawker - Aeshna juncea

Common Hawker – Aeshna juncea

Common Hawker - Aeshna juncea

Common Hawker – Aeshna juncea

Common Hawker - Aeshna juncea

Common Hawker – Aeshna juncea

Black Darter - Sympetrum danae

Black Darter – Sympetrum danae

Emerald Damselfly - Lestes sponsa

Emerald Damselfly – Lestes sponsa

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