Lakenheath RSPB Reserve, Cambridgeshire
Saturday July 26th 2014
Day one of my epic East Anglian tour saw me at Lakenheath reserve on a very hot and sunny morning.
Within minutes I had seen three species of dragonfly that are rare in Dorset - brown hawker, ruddy darter and, best of all, my first scarce chaser.
In the heat they just wouldn't keep still enough for photographs, except for the ruddy darters which were very obliging.
Banded demoiselles have become one of the most common dragonflies lately and there were certainly plenty here.
The afternoon was spent on the Suffolk coast at Dunwich where this male common blue was having a bit of trouble hanging on to his leaf.
At the end of my first day in East Anglia, I had seen 54 species of birds, 12 species of butterfly and 7 species of dragonfly.
The best bird was the garganey at Lakenheath but the adult hobby there was more spectacular, flying low over the car park just as I arrived.
I was surprised to see kittiwakes at Southwold, perhaps they were some of the ones breeding at Lowestoft.
The best plants were all on the shingle at Dingle Marshes (Dunwich) with the rare marsh sow-thistle very common there (see below).
It was good to see a few plants of sea pea here as well, the first time I have seen this species away from Dorset.
Great Crested grebe
Lesser black-backed gull
Great black-backed gull
Horse fly (Chrysops)