Tuesday, 13 November 2018

21081113 Marsh Harrier roost RSPB Titchwell

Marsh Harrier
Best show so far and all watchers well pleased.
5 of a minimum of 25 birds that came in this evening.
14 birds were counted circulating and dropping over towards Church Marsh to our East. Whether these birds later arrived over the Main Reedbed and were re-counted is as yet unclear. But at one juncture just before dark there were Harriers in a holding pattern everywhere.

Marsh Harrier
Mature male arriving high and late over the roost site.
Note full crop bulge.
20180126 Marsh Harrier
5 of a roost of 22 birds NE side of Pope's Marsh.
20141217 Marsh Harrier
Circulating over Pope's Marsh

20181023 Willow Emerald Damselfly & Little Egret Roost RSPB Titchwell

Willow Emerald Damselfly
Status rare at Titchwell...
2 males on Dragonfly Pool.
Little Egret
9 of 14 at pre-roost gathering on Patsy's this evening.
Max of 15 Harriers into the Main Reedbed, but we had to leave before dark....
20181113 Little Egret
Pre-roost gathering on 13th November, a fine evening with the birds using the dead trees prior to moving into Willow Wood.
Highest count to date of 58 birds, over 30 in Patsy's Pool at dark.

20181127 Little Egret
Grey dull and nasty evening with a moderate ENE wind.
56 Egret  counted from the pool into Willow Wood.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

20181027 Siberian/Stejneger's Stonechat Salthouse Marshes

Stejneger's Stonechat

Stejneger's Stonechat
Siberian Stonechat
Showing off white throat patch and collar well.
With wintering pair of torquatus out in the middle of Marsh on 19th.
Stejneger's Stonechat
20181031 bird moved very close to gates and in low morning light.

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