One effect of the mild autumn is that many insects are still active (at least, they are when the wind and rain stop). So the sight of a southern hawker dragonfly this morning wasn't too surprising. It did look the worse for wear, with chunks missing from its wings.
This one is relatively easy to identify, once it stops flying. Even without worrying about whether the spots along the abdomen are green or blue, you can see the spots on the last couple of segments are fused rather than separate. This means it is Ashna cyanea, the southern hawker, and the colours show it to be a male.
It is a late summer dragonfly, flying well into the autumn, and November records aren't unheard of!
Photography details - the dragonfly perched on a branch above head height, so I used a Sigma 150mm macro lens on a Nikon D7000, with the pop-up flash because the light was poor and the camera was hand-held (using a tripod would have meant standing further out in the road)