First time visit, hoping for three things ..
The walk across the meadow soon provided the first success - a swallowtail hurried across our path, but it didn't tarry and I couldn't get any photos. Sadly there were no others showing later - perhaps a little too cloudy and close after the previous days of sun?
Once over the bridge the dragonflies began to perform well, bringing on target no 2 - the Norfolk Hawker. At no time did I see one touch down, so I felt lucky to get even this:
Far more accommodating was a four spot chaser
and then a black tailed skimmer on the path to the Fen Hideand patrolling the reedbeds and strimmed off nettles in a clearing some Scarce Chasers
The tower hide eventually produced a glimpse of target 3 - as a bittern was chased across the water and into the distant reedbed by a pair of gulls (again no photo!) At least the tern put on a bit of a show
Walking around towards the boardwalk we spotted a nice Large Skipper
and serenading us a reed bunting
Sunning himself at the boardwalk - both on our arrival and departure - was this common lizard - moving quickly when sensing our presence!
A thoroughly enjoyable way to spend a day off work.
What fantastic photos! - the Norfolk Hawker in flight is a beauty.
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