With conditions looking very good late afternoon yesterday with sunny warm skies and a light wind, I spent a couple of hours at Grove Ferry looking for and photographing the stunning Norfolk Hawkers. Whilst they are normally easy to see at this time of year, finding individuals in good conditions perching in suitable areas for pleasing shots can be a little more challenging. Having walked around the ditches at Grove, I managed to see 37 Norfolk Hawkers which I think is my highest total to date. Most ditches seemed to hold them and I spent quite a while just sat down watching them patrolling their territory and chasing off other males sometimes at a great height before returning to carry on. A few flight shots were attempted with varying results but eventually, I ended up with a few keepers although I really should have done better I feel. It's taking me a while to get used to the Canon 7d mk ii and with such a sensitive manual focus on the Canon f4 300mm lens, it can be frustrating to get shots just out of focus. All part of the fun though and i'm always learning and trying to improve. A few males were seen perching making for some nice photo opportunities but my bonus shot of the day had to be a mating pair which flew into a sheltered corner I was watching and perched up. Whilst I do see a few mating pairs from time to time, photos can be hard to obtain so these were really pleasing to obtain. Plenty else to see including 4 Emperor Dragonfly, 1 Broad bodied Chaser, 2 Four spotted Chaser, 4 Black tailed Skimmer, 1 Hairy Dragonfly and a variety of damselflies. A pleasant session with lots of lovely views of the Hawkers and a few nice images too.