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Africa Gómez
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Evolutionary biologist and passionate naturalist
Evolutionary biologist and passionate naturalist

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How do female dragonflies avoid male harassment?
After egg laying, female damselflies and dragonflies can be exposed to males trying to mate. Females will then be unreceptive and in order to avoid a lengthly and potentially costly copulation, they have evolved different strategies to avoid male harassment...
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Oakhill and Brick Ponds
A warm, muggy morning with sunny spells spent at Oakhill and the Brick Ponds area on the outskirts of Goole. This was my first visit to the site, a local nature reserve own by East Yorkshire City Council managed my Friends of Oakhill. The site is an flat ar...
Oakhill and Brick Ponds
Oakhill and Brick Ponds
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Forge Valley Woods NNR
The start of the day didn't promise, dull and cooler than the rest of the week. We travelled to North Yorkshire to Forge Valley National Nature Reserve, my first visit to the site, mainly in search of the Beautiful Demoiselle, one of the scarcest species of...
Forge Valley Woods NNR
Forge Valley Woods NNR
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Evening at the Wetlands
An evening visit to North Cave Wetlands to try and get the last of the day's warmth. It was a good evening for dragonflies, with 9 species seen, including my first Southern Hawker of the year, a male which settled on a pine tree and stayed there for a while...
Evening at the Wetlands
Evening at the Wetlands
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First Common Darters at North Cave Wetlands
I had an early morning trip to North Cave Wetlands. Already by 7:10 am there was a Male Black-tailed Skimmer feeding by the east path, it was already that warm. The ponds were quiet in general this early, only damselflies active, but there was an emerging d...
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A start for the Yorkshire Dragonfly quest at Oak Road Lake
 I am hoping to see and photograph all 25 breeding dragonfly species in Yorkshire this year. On the 7th of May I had a glimpse of a dragonfly, the first of the year, likely a four-spotted chaser, at North Cliffe Wood, but I didn't relocate it and there was ...
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The River Hull at Snakeholm Pastures
I headed to Wansford and Snakeholm Pastures, a sunny, very warm morning. I tried to stay on exposed, breezy sites as horseflies were very aggressive, and took any opportunity to attack when I was holding the camera with both hands. I first had a little walk...
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Damsels and dragons at Noddle Hill
The warm spell continues, and after lunch I headed to Noddle Hill, to watch dragonflies. This local nature reserve on Bransholme has a fishing lake with plenty of marginal vegetation and several ponds, including one with a pond-dipping platform. The site wa...
Damsels and dragons at Noddle Hill
Damsels and dragons at Noddle Hill
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A first visit to Fen Bog
A trip to Fen Bog with fellow naturalist Robert Jaques. Fen Bog is a place I had wanted to visit for a while: a peaty bog area on a flat-bottom valley, with the Yorkshire North Moors steam railway line bordering the reserve. The steam train passed a couple ...
A first visit to Fen Bog
A first visit to Fen Bog
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Sprotborough Flash with Hull Nats
A day trip doing a circular walk around Sprotborough Flash with Hull Nats. It is warm and sunny, with barely any breeze. We walk counter-clockwise, visiting the woodland and limestone meadows and then going back through the disused railway track and returni...
Sprotborough Flash with Hull Nats
Sprotborough Flash with Hull Nats
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