|Black Darter searching at a pool near Roydon Common|
|More searching at Dersingham Bog|
Eventually, we gave up our search for this clearly elusive black darters and we decided to drive to Titchwell to look for birds instead. On our arrival, we noticed a crowd of people scanning the canopy by the reserve's entrance. They were looking at two juvenile pied flycatchers with a spotted flycatcher joining them. They were constantly flitting about within the dense cover of leaves and I only managed to get a few glimpses of them before they disappeared again. Believe it or not, I have never seen a pied flycatcher before. These birds only pass through Norfolk during their migration to and fro from Africa and Western England and Wales. At this time of year, many of them are juveniles and though these were great to see, I would have loved to see one of them as an adult male in his eye-catching black and white plumage.
Along the way to the Island Hide, we came across another crowd staring at one of the pools beside the path. It wasn't a bird they were looking at this time, though, but a rare dragonfly. Southern migrant hawkers are normally found throughout the Mediterranean, so this hot summer that we are having must make them feel more at home. It is another small blue dragonfly, but this one appeared bigger to me due its fierce territorial loops around the algae covered pool with such speed that it was almost a bluish blur in my vision. Just like the keeled skimmer, this species also have a notable quirk in its body parts. Studying this individual as much as I could through my binoculars, I could just make out the slight downward curve in the abdomen. Not the easiest thing to make out while it was flying around like this, but it was certainly there.
|Whimbrel (the bird with the curved bill)|