We got back from our dragon-finding week in Norfolk yesterday. It was a week of not-great weather but on our first day we got lucky with a warm, sunny morning. This was enough (just) to enable us to find our two target dragonfly species - Norfolk Hawker and Scarce Chaser - at RSPB Strumpshaw Fen in the Broads.
Looking harder, we began to pick up a few Hairy Hawkers, nipping along near the water and dodging the chasers' territorial attacks. But no NHs or SCs. After walking the trail back and forth three times I was getting a bit overheated so retreated just off the trail into a wooded area to chill out, and it was here that I spotted another chaser.
Later in the week we had another good Odonata session at Catfield Fen (a Butterfly Conservation reserve), though we didn't see any more NHs or SCs. We were actually in search of RSPB Sutton Fen, and after a long drive down progressively smaller and rougher roads were surprised but perfectly happy to end up at Catfield Fen. The walk along the 'Rond' pathway gives great views over the fen, which is managed for the benefit of Swallowtail butterflies (we saw four, none photographable though).
On the last stretch of path before we returned to the car, we found a sunny clearing with many damselflies in situ, including good numbers of Variables.
At some point in the next few days I'll do another blog post (or maybe more than one) about all the other stuff we saw.