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One August afternoon in 2006 my parents went bird watching in Vejlerne, North Western Jutland. At some point my mother noticed a dragonfly lying helpless in the water and she saved it by letting in crawl up on her umbrella. She then took a picture of the dragonfly and when she later looked at it she sent it to me. As I couldn’t identify it right away I put the picture on the web site fugleognatur.dk and asked for help. Mogens Holmen quickly recognized it as a first sighting of a new species in Denmark: Aeshna serrata or Baltic Hawker (Baltisk mosaikguldsmed). Quite amazing. After some years of searching with no luck the species was rediscovered on the same location in 2009. In July 2011 I went to Vejlerne to look for it and it was quickly spotted. I also met two fellow photographers in search of the Hawker. After a good chat I headed some 5 km north to Bulbjerg right on the North Sea coast. To my big surprise I encountered about 40 Baltic Hawkers in the grass along the beach. Alas a new location. Probably the Hawkers breed in Vejlerne and fly to this spot to mate, but nobody knows for sure. Quite a story, is it not? To be continued....

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