Labels: Black Tailed Skimmer
While at West Hartford looking for Dragonflies I caught sight of a Black Tailed Skimmer that landed someway off trying to get a little nearer it took off I lost sight of it for a few seconds till I heard the whirring of wings and saw clasping onto what I htought would be a female but no it was another Male which it had grasped by the back of the head and procceeded to tug it from it's perch . I took loads of shots but the action was so fast and furious most where blurred ,but what determination was invloved the other Male just seemed to sit there , how the first knew of the seconds prescence I don't know unless it witnessed it land , I have watched them chase each other in the air before and always the interloper will fly off to another part of the pond but never seen anything like this before . Saddly one drawback of the fine weather is the rapid drying of ponds as at West Hartford which is now dried up ?
Common Blue Damselfly coupled with Female
Eventually the aggressor flies off leaving the other Male to it's perch
And that's how I left it ,as far as I could see non the worse for it's ordeal, they have a brief but tough live !!!