I have had a few visits to Westbere Lakes in the past week when the weather has allowed where I have managed to see 2 Norfolk Hawkers patrolling a small area along the river. The dykes however where in the past few years a good number have been seen have yet to get going, despite a good search when I have passed. I hope they return here as it seems to be getting a bit overgrown with reed and slowly getting choked and if its not managed, it will only take a few years until this national rarity may be lost. Its been managed well so far so fingers crossed, during the winter time that the dykes are opened up and cleared a little. I spent a couple of hours this afternoon walking up to and along the river for a while in warm sunshine where I noted 1 Norfolk Hawker which spent its time patrolling a small area and often perched up on the reeds. For most of its time it was out of camera reach for anything decent but on one occasion, it did come nearer and perched up nicely on a reed where with a bit of stalking, I was able to grab my first pleasing image of the year of this species.
Norfolk Hawker (male)
Hopefully the first of many to come in the next few weeks. Also in the area were 5 Scarce Chaser including 3 males which posed nicely on the reeds as they looked over their territory. This is again another species which seems to be in lower numbers this year at Westbere. The dykes that they patrol have really grown over and I just hope that again, areas are maintained for this species. Whilst I was photographing a showy male Scarce Chaser, I found something I have been looking for, for a few years now, a Scarce Chaser exuviae which was hanging on to a reed. I carefully removed and will photograph and post in due coarse.
Scarce Chaser (male)
As I walked back I noted a few Banded Demoiselle, Blue tailed, Azure and Variable Damselfly along with 3 Hairy Dragonfly. A nice session and great to get the camera in action again, hopefully in the next week or so, the Norfolk Hawkers will appear in the dykes and give crippling views for the camera.
Scarce Chaser (male)