Wednesday, 29 April 2009

A brown emerald

Last weekend we headed north, visiting Kerang in the north of Victoria. Unfortunately (from a naturalist's viewpoint, not a farmer's) it was wet (welcome), windy and cold and, as well, we were busy doing other things including actually talking to the family we were visiting!

Hence, not much in the world of nature to report. But I did see this beautiful dragonfly sunning itself on the lemon tree. I think it's a Tau Emerald Hemicordulia tau, not an uncommon species but rather late in the season to be out and about. On the dragonfly webpage there are several reports of them flying in April and May. Someone on my Flickr page suggested it is a young male and commented on their remarkable eyesight.

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