I was up and out of the house at 4.30am yesterday and today where I drove over to Grove Ferry and spent a few hours searching for any Norfolk Hawkers emerging. I have spent most evenings last week from 9 - 10.30pm searching a particular ditch for this species to emerge but so far, I have not been rewarded. I have however seen a few Emperor Dragonfly emerging which were picked out quite easily by torchlight on the reeds so I am still relatively confident that if I keep trying, I may well get to find and photograph the emergence of a Norfolk Hawker. I think I may have been a few days early but the weather looks quite good for this week so I am hoping that I can visit during the week again in the evenings. I also managed to see a few Variable, Azure and Blue tailed Damselflies as I searched the area. I then drove over to Westbere Lakes where in a few hours I noted 7 Hairy Dragonfly, 5 Scarce Chaser, c15 Banded Demoiselle, growing numbers of Red eyed Damselfly and good numbers around of Variable, Azure and Blue tailed Damselfly. This morning, I again spent an hour or so at Grove Ferry unsuccessfully searching for any Norfolk Hawkers emerging or their exuviae. Just a few dewy Variable and Azure Damselfly of note in the long grasses. With no sun forecast until lunchtime , I decided on checking around the entrance at Westbere Lakes in the hope of finding a few dewy dragonflies. I spent an hour walking through a patch of very wet stinging nettles and reeds and got totally soaked for my efforts but all was worth it in the end as I found a dewy Four spotted Chaser, my first of the year. I spent a while taking a number of photos and with the added dew, that made for some lovely photo opportunities. With no sign of any sun, I decided to return home to get some breakfast and if lucky... catch up on a bit of sleep as these late evenings and early mornings are starting to catch up with me. Hopefully I can report back on how the Norfolk Hawker challenge is going (or not) during the week.
'Dewy' Four spotted Chaser (male)