Today was spent leading my second trip for 'Naturetrek' at Westbere Lakes and Grove Ferry in warm sunny conditions. The day started well at Westbere Lakes where we managed to see 12+ Scarce Chaser, 3 Black tailed Skimmer, 4 Norfolk Hawker, 10+ Hairy Dragonfly with a supporting cast of Banded Demoiselle, Variable, Azure, Common, Blue tailed and Red eyed Damselfly. I was quite proud of myself as despite the Norfolk Hawkers showing nicely in flight, my camera remained in my bag! We then took the drive over to Grove Ferry where after having lunch at the ramp, we wandered on down the various paths checking the ditches as we went. In now very warm conditions we managed to see 24 Norfolk Hawker, 1 Broad bodied Chaser, 3 Four spotted Chaser, 3 Emperor Dragonfly, 10+ Hairy Dragonfly, 5 Black tailed Skimmer and a few Variable, Azure, Blue tailed and Red eyed Damselfly. A search for exuviae was rewarded with 1 Hairy Dragonfly and 2 Norfolk Hawker exuviae found which were studied by the group. A few Norfolk Hawker were found with a few showing nicely perched which ended a superb days guiding in lovely company.
I also managed another visit to Sandwich Bay where I was able to spend time with some of the record breaking 400+ Dainty Damselfly that were on site. Such an amazing spectacle and hard to know where to point the camera. There seemed to be mating pairs everywhere. Also seen were 27 Red veined Darter, 1 male Lesser Emperor, c10 Emperor Dragonfly and a few Four spotted Chaser.