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Photographed at Woodwalton Fen, Cambs. The Brown Hawker is a large hawker dragonfly which is on the wing from the end of June through to September. It is a common dragonfly of well-vegetated canals, marshes and reedbeds as well as lakes and gravel pits. It can be spotted patrolling a regular hunting territory which it will defend aggressively against intruders. It can be found some distance from its breeding grounds, hawking woodland rides late into the evening. Hawkers are the largest and fastest flying dragonflies; they catch their insect-prey mid-air and can hover or fly backwards.