Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Week 25

19 Jun 2013 Central Winds Park

Soon after arriving at Central Winds Park, it was clear it was going to be a dragonfly day.  A majestic sub-adult Bald Eagle flew overhead, but it was around the pond where the action was with dragonflies.


This male and female Eastern Amberwing are just starting to come out of their "copulation wheel".  "Doing it" in-flight--pretty cool, wouldn't you say?  Close by, a female Roseate Skimmer was dropping eggs in the water.

After copulating, the male is taking a breather.  This species is tiny at slightly under one inch in length on average.

Also taking a rest was this male Four-spotted Pennant, until ...

until he got buzzed by this male Roseate Skimmer who wanted this perch, and eventually got it.  They loved chasing each other over the pond.

The Four-spotted Pennant reclaimed the perch taken over by the Roseate Skimmer who decided to just take a rest a bit lower on the twig.  Soon, it was joined by a second male Roseate Skimmer.

This male Common Green Darner was at Orlando Wetlands Park on this past Saturday.  Karen Hamblett, Pam Meharg and I biked the Wetlands and after a rain, I headed home but the ladies stuck around and were rewarded with a sighting of a Snail Kite.  Since I did not do a "Week 24" blog entry and today's blog was all about dragonflies, I wanted to put this guy in.

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