Elusive - certainly from a photographic point of view.
Whenever I see the Brown Hawker, they are always flying and rarely if ever pitched on anything. I have watched them on many an occasion, continuously flying up and down a pathway or on a riverbank and never pitching. They are not easy to shoot flying either as they never hover very much in one place.
So I was fortunate yesterday to see one pitching high up in a tall hedgerow.
It remained there for about a two minutes. So I made the best of the opportunity by shooting away with two different cameras of which these images where the best.
|Lumix G3. 45-200mm lens. 1/80 at f5.2. 140mm. ISO160|
|Nikon D7000. 70-300mm lens. 1/50 at f10. 300mm. ISO400|
The Brown Hawker is a common and widespread species. It is approximately 73 mm in length and both the male and female have yellow stripes down the side of the thorax. The male has an obvious waist behind the rear wings that can be observed on these images, whereas the female has not.
Easily identified generally as there is no other species like it and the wings glisten golden brown in the bright sunlight.
You may have also observed that this one had pitched because it was eating, as it had just caught and was devouring a poor damselfly.