My photo of a Spotted Sandpiper was photo bombed by a Common Whitetail dragonfly. Look at the out-of-focus shadow over the head and neck.
Flew a bit and perched on vegetation over the pond. Pretty active, but the water is the mani reason why I couldn't get close.
The Common Whitetail or Long-tailed Skimmer (Plathemis lydia) is a common dragonfly across much of North America, with a striking and unusual appearance. The male's chunky white body (about 5 cm long), combined with the brownish-black bands on its otherwise translucent wings, give it a checkered look. Females have a brown body and a different pattern of wing spots, closely resembling that of female Libellula pulchella, the Twelve-spotted Skimmer. Whitetail females can be distinguished by their smaller...