© 2014 by Barbara Copperthwaite.

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An aerial battle

I was a helpless spectator, rooted to the ground as I watched the battle of nerves unfold over a pond. A pair of Common Darters were, joined together, mating; they hovered over the water, flicking their tails. But they weren’t alone. A Southern Hawker was dominating the air space, constantly patrolling the area – and it wanted those darters. It chased them several times, I can only assume in order to eat them. The high speed chase was incredible to watch, and I held my breath as the darters, still joined together, desperately tried to evade their pursuer. At one point all three of them came right over to me, and there was an audible buzzy clash as they struck one another. The Common Darters just managed to get away.

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