Saturday, 6 October 2018

20181004 Red-necked Phalarope Wells Woods Boating Lake

Red-necked Phalarope
Juvenile bird down to 1 metre.

Red-necked Phalarope
Two grey 1st winter scapular feathers emerging on both sides.

Friday, 7 September 2018

20180907 Booted Warbler Lowestoft Denes

Booted Warbler
Bird frequently raised crown as in most following shots.

Booted Warbler
The bird stayed faithful to this end clump of tamarisk.
The sea wall provided the twitch with an ideal platform.
Booted Warbler
Paler outer weds on outer tail feathers.
Booted Warbler
Long claws noticeable on darker grey feet compared to dull pink legs, but not really booted...

Booted Warbler 
Immerged with large fly.

Booted Warbler
Head on hippo look but with white breast in belly standing out in sunlight.
Squared off iduna shaped tail with notch in centre cf accros.

Booted Warbler
Flushing away note tail shape and paler outer web of outer tail feathers.
Overall greyer milky tea-coloured upperparts should set all alarm bells ringing.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

20180904 Great White Egret RSPB Titchwell

Great White Egret
Fishing technique demonstrated on Patsy's Reedbed Pool.
Much leaping about and foot stirring of the substrate to flush out fish. 

Great White Egret
The bird has been regularly feeding here for over two weeks.

Great White Egret
Major success! The fish is a Common Rudd, red fins and green and golden body.
Image from RAW
Great White Egret
Image from in camera jpeg
Great White Egret
Neck expanded to at least twice its normal width as the fish slowly went down.  

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

20180724 Black Darter Dersingham Bog

Black Darter
2nd visit and only the one male seen.

20180719 Emerald Damselfly 
RSPB Dragonfly workshop on 19th at Dersingham Bog
20180719 Emerald Damselfly

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

20180717 Lesser Yellowlegs RSPB Titchwell

Lesser Yellowlegs
Adult breeding from Island Hide.

Lesser Yellowlegs
The ultimate pose except for tibia deep water...

20180731 Lesser Yellowlegs
On 31st the bird stayed out in the middle of Freshmarsh but is still identifiable on leg colour
through the heat haze. 
19970829 Lesser Yellowlegs
29th August 1997 Ryan's Field the Hayle Estuary.
(Named to celebrate the birth of a NT warden who latterly toiled on The Lizard and NNCoast) 
Also an adult with retained breeding plumage.
An over baked acrylic....
Ian's excellent field sketch and notes from 17th.
The Yellowlegs performed well and gave us the ideal rare bird field sketching session.
Performance under pressure from a busy Island Hide, failure was not an option...

Ian's considered studio pencil sketch of the bird.
At one with his subject following great dedication.
Next we invade Poland with colour.

Monday, 9 July 2018

20180709 Little London Corpusty Telephone Box display panel

Little London Corpusty.
Telephone Box display panel featuring the Corpusty plough, railway station tearooms, message bearing Swifts, Yellowflag, Otter looking back through time, 19th century view of hamlet, the well on The Street and Common Mallow.
Display panel production crew.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

20180703 Colour Ringed Black-tailed Godwit RSPB Titchwell

Black-tailed Godwit icelandica
2 CR birds on Freshmarsh became the subject of the sketching class.
Strangely neither bird has been recorded at Cley, but the left hand birds right leg ring colours are not well determined.
Ringing data returned if the off white was once lime green indicated an individual not seen for 10 years... so doubtful.
No data as yet on RNR-YGY, but should be more conclusive.

Black -tailed Godwit
This bird looks to have a data logger on its left leg.
Also lettering on white ring right leg.
CR Avocet also in shot.
20180717 Black-tailed Godwit
Bird with aerial for satellite tracking seen on the 17th...? 
Has a name and has returned from Iceland, more data to follow.