30 Days Wild Pan-species Challenge: Day 3

I’m back in East Yorkshire now after a brilliant week in Norfolk but on the way back we visited Snettisham Coastal Park. We didn’t have time to visit the RSPB reserve, and in any case, the tide was way out so all of the birds were on the sands, too distant to really see even with a scope.

However, there were a few of these stunning soldierflies sunning themselves on the edge of a boating lake. They are Broad Centurion, Chloromyia formosa (perhaps so called because of their shiny, metallic colouration?) and my pan-species lifer for the day. I have seen centurions before but I’ve never tried to identify them.

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Broad Centurion

There were couple of Common Terns on the lake they were near and Lesser Whitethroat, Cetti’s and both Acrocephalus warblers were all singing.

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