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Migrant or Southern Migrant Hawker, Essex (1 Viewer)


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Photos taken by a friend at Bowers Marsh, Essex this morning. They assumed Migrant, but I'm leaning towards SMH - anyone able to confirm either way please..?



Edit: Not sure what's happening with these photos - link to originals below:

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Definitely Southern Migrant Hawker - a female (the fairly uniform greenish sides to the thorax is the best ID feature). It's good to see they are still around!
Thanks very much Adrian. It's one of the earlier sightings locally so hopefully there'll be several more appearing over the next few weeks.

Out of interest, is it usual for a female to show so much blue on the abdomen and eyes?
I'm not sure about the eyes, but some blue at the abdomen tip isn't that unusual. Mind you, a very blue 'androchromic' female was photographed nearby a couple of years ago. Perhaps by chance our population just happens to have a decent percentage of bluer forms?
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