The Variable Darner is a highly adapted predator that can often be found hunting around marshland and lake shorelines. While my wife and I were celebrating our 1st year anniversary this past week searching for wildlife, this Variable Darner caught a meadowhawk in flight and preceded to land on my back to enjoy his catch. Meadowhawks are difficult, at best, to ID in the field but this beautiful male Variable Darner is unmistakable. Closely resembling the Canada Darner there are distinct differences in the thoracic stripe markings. I hope you enjoy this short clip.
It is always of interest to me to pay close attention to the small creatures. A trip to Panmure Island's beaches produced great sightings of what I believe to be Steel-blue Cricket Killers (not certain) hunting and creating many burrowing sites. Watch this wasp dig through beach sand in real time.
As a naturalist, I spend a great amount of time in personal study. Discussion and research is key to exploring new and intelligent ideas and furthering our understanding of our natural surroundings.