Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Norfolk Hawker

The Weedon family has just spent a very pleasant week in Norfolk. One place I have never visited in June was Hickling Broad NWT. So that was our first wildlife destination, on Sunday 19.6.05. We weren't that bothered about the elusive, now mobile, long-staying Red-footed Falcon (nor surprisingly was I that gripped by the Caspian Tern there later that evening). The insects were a lot of fun, though, and we all enjoyed the plentiful Swallowtails (too fast for fotos, and only seen on the wing).
One of the 'bridges' of the boardwalk passed over a lovely rich water area, which had small Pike slowly drifting along after tiny fish and the occasional Roach (I think, or were they Rudd?). Drags included Hairy Dragonfly, Four-spotted Chaser and a new species for me, Norfolk Hawker.
Note the largely brown body, bright green eyes, hint of yellow in hind wing bases and yellowish costa (leading edge of wing) and pterostigmata, (dots on wings), plus the yellow 'golf-tee' at the front end of the abdomen.
Nikon Coolpix 880, Kowa TSN-821 +32xW LER

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