Hemicordulia australiae (Australian Emerald/Sentry Dragonfly)

This species is widespread in Australia. It is also present in New Zealand, parts of Indonesia and a few other Australian Islands.

In New Zealand, my original research had suggested that this species was limited to North Island but that information was either out of date or just plain wrong – we saw it at just one encounter at Cape Foulwind on South Island. We did not encounter it in Australia.

Being one of the Corduliidae, our suspect kept flying constantly and was ill lit by very harsh backlighting. Thus, the shots that we managed are not the greatest. It’s a record, though.