Saturday, December 30, 2017

Slender Skimmer

On 8 July 2017, we had a morning and an afternoon adventure at Costa Rica’s Ensenada Lodge. In the morning, our bus took us near the lodge and parked on the roadside, while we hiked to and along a long pond. The heat index was over 120 degrees F. Our group quickly became spread out, making it easy to miss things. Although Erika and I paced ourselves, at the end of the morning we were worn out.

We saw a fair number of birds but I have only three dragonflies to show you from the hike. A couple of other dragonflies went unidentified or were better photographed elsewhere on our travels. The dragonfly in this photo is a Slender Skimmer. This dragonfly is found from Mexico to Venezuela. They fly from low vegetation, making hunting forays or guarding their territories against transgressors.

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