Saturday, 18 November 2017

20171114 Caspian Gull RSPB Titchwell

Caspian Gull
1st winter bird cane into Gull roost on Freshmarsh at 1530hrs.
The roost here is getting better by the day and the birds are clearly viewable well before the fuscus hour.

Caspian Gull
Note damaged face.
Dark streaks around eye and on breast sides indicate 1st winter. 2nd winter birds show a cleaner white head and breast.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

20171031 Cattle Egret Stiffkey Flood

Western Cattle Egret
Parked up to check white dots about the cattle and found a second Cattle Egret.
If they haven't bred in Norfolk in 2017 surely they'll be added to the breeding birds list in 2018... 
Western Cattle Egret

Monday, 30 October 2017

20171030 Pale-bellied Brent Goose? Kelling Water Meadows

It that a pale or grey belly?
Note brownish-grey feathers on back within the mid-grey.

Dark-bellied Brent Goose
Pale bird flew in with these 2. Note odd upper belly patch on left bird.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

20171026 Spotted Redshank Kelling Water Meadow

Spotted Redshank
Confiding 1st winter bird.
Kelling WM is holding onto waders well. 3 Little Stint, 2 Jack Snipe and a Curlew Sandpiper today. 

Spotted Redshank
Little Egret
Demonstrating its skills in the shallows here.
Spotted Redshank
Bird still showing well against good light on the 30th.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

20171003 Photography Workshop RSPB Titchwell. Tawny Owl

Leaflet for Photo course at Titchwell this autumn.
A great time was had by all on the first day.
Pectoral Sandpiper and Ruff shot at Titchwell.
Birdwatch Scarcities review July 2017.
Tawny Owl
Day roost beside the Fen Trail just above head height.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

20170926 Yellow-browed Warbler NT Blakeney Point

Yellow-browed Warbler
Bagged by Ryan and myself whilst checking suaeda spurs towards Far Point.
Bird in low veg with Willow Warbler and remained in this area for the afternoon.

Yellow-browed Warbler
10+ counted on the Point today.
Also found under suaeda but favouring the Plantaion.

Robin of continental race Erithacus rubecula rubecula
Exhausted just up from the surf near the Hood.
Another 8 found under the suaeda about the Point.

Monday, 21 August 2017

20170821 Water Vole Cley Marshes

Water Vole
Hastily grabbed shot from bridge over Catchwater Drain. 
Hopefully numbers are recovering in Norfolk but this individual seems to be on its own.
This vole has its own little feeding raft here supplied by local wildlife enthusiasts.

Water Vole
The Otter family are still about the marshes and one theory suggest that this helps the Water Vole population by removing American Mink from the area.