Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Dragonflys and Swallowtails

First thing headed back to Hosey as the sun was out to check the ditch near the mill to check for dragonflies has it looked a possible sight for some norfolk Dragonfly specials at first just Four-spotted chasers and a few of the commoner Damselflies species on the wing but as the song got stronger had a beautiful Norfolk Chaser out for about 10 minutes.

Norfolk Hawker on Reed

Norfolk Hawker Close up
Next headed back to Hickling Broad to see what was around in the sunlight plenty of Dragonfllies with lots of of Kneeled and Black-tailed Skimmers and Four- Spotted Chasers around and singles of Norfolk and Emperor Dragonfly around plus a added bonus of a White Legged Damselfly first time i knowly seen this species. From the main viewing tower had views of a Maxium of 4 Swallowtails including 1 pair together.

White Legged Damselfly
Then headed to the RSPB reserve of Strumpshaw Fen where there plenty of bird with plenty of warblers with lots of Sedge and Reed Warbers and blackcaps but the highlight was getting views of the Cetti Warbers with 2 Confirmed views of this usually secretly bird. The hightlight of the day though was a lovely speciement of the Swallowtail floating around a patch of Nettles giving some really great views.

Swallowtail on nettle

Face of the Swallowtai

Sideview of Swallowtail on nettle

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