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Bird Watching (UK) - - Your Birding Month -

Most drag­on­flies seem wary, if not ter­ri­fied, of hu­man com­pany. Ap­proach one in­cau­tiously, par­tic­u­larly from be­hind, and they typ­i­cally flit or skim to seclu­sion. The South­ern Hawker (below) could not be more dif­fer­ent. Males of this large, vi­brantly coloured and boldly striped in­sect are in­quis­i­tive, of­ten com­ing within inches to in­ves­ti­gate you. You are eye-to-eye with an ag­gres­sive am­bush-preda­tor, but how long will the face-off last?

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