|Heart Lake (center, bottom) in relation to downtown Anacortes.|
In addition to the numerous Western Pondhawks that were there a couple days ago (see this post), we also observed a number of other dragonflies, including Blue Dashers and Eight-spotted Skimmers.
Perhaps most striking was the Cardinal Meadowhawk, with its intense red colors showing off nicely in the bright sun. Here's an example of one of the males:
|Male Cardinal Meadowhawk at Heart Lake.|
In this next view you can see what I regard as its best field mark, the intense concentration of red color near the wing bases.
|Male cardinal Meadowhawk. Notice the dark red, opaque regions in the wings near the base. An excellent field mark.|
This field mark is completely diagnostic, and visible from almost any angle. I'm always surprised field guides don't make a bigger deal of it.
Notice also the intense red color on the abdomen. It almost over saturates the eyes.
The Cardinal Meadowhawks were also laying eggs, which they do while attached in tandem. Here's an example:
|Cardinal Meadowhawks laying eggs in tandem. The female dips the tip of her abdomen in the water to deposit her eggs.|
While this pair was laying eggs, a lone male was trying to break them apart so he could replace the current male, as can be seen below. It didn't work, though he was pretty persistent.
|A lone male Cardinal Meadowhawk unsuccessfully attempting to break apart an egg-laying pair.|