James Lowen 

Like Norfolk baker (which we should really now call Green-eyed Hawker), Scarce Chaser is expanding its range and no longer respecting its own name.


6 August 2023 Hawking

I am a long way behind in terms of blogging and even processing photos this year. On the rare occasion I do get a free day, I want to spend it outside seeing wildlife rather than in the photographic darkroom... In mid-June, I spent a pleasant afternoon at Suffolk Wildlife Trust's Carlton Marshes reserve. I like this place, and have seen nice things here (such as American Bittern, Fen Raft Spiders and a displaying Buff-breasted Sandpiper). After dropping my daughter nearby for her birthday party, I sent out with the aim of finding a singing Marsh Warbler. It transpired that someone had already found one at Carlton a couple of days earlier, and that it had gone. Nice idea, poor execution. And I couldn't see any aquatic arachnids either. But the dragonflies were most pleasing, with many Norfolk Hawkers and plenty of Scarce Chasers sharing the honours.

First the hawkers.