When I was near the bluffs in the early morning, I noticed some dragonflies coming in off the water. They were medium-sized and golden in color, so my first thought was that they could be gliders.
But after hawking insects, they landed in low shrubs — not typical behavior for a glider. Here's what I saw when I finally found one perched:
They were immature Variegated Meadowhawks (Sympetrum corruptum).
Below is a slightly different view:
Variegated Meadowhawks are known for dispersing along the coast in the fall, and today was a good day for seeing them on Bodega Head!