This is one of those irritating encounters that I have yet to manage to capture on pixels.
I saw my first suspect hawking tirelessly around our campsite at Maussane-les-Alpilles in Provence. Though I watched in the early evening for some time, it never settled and the confused background confounded my attempts at an in-flight shot.
My second encounter was again on a campsite, this time near Limoges, at about 9:00 PM. The timing of its flight was my main identification feature. This one disappeared promptly.
- mosaic-like abdominal markings but quite subdued colouration, “camouflage-like”
- green eyes
- dark smudges on wing tips
- flies quite late into the evening when it tends to fly in the open