Monday, 13 February 2017

20170213 Red-crested Pochard RSPB Titchwell

Red-crested Pochard
3 male and 2 female on Paty's Reedbed Pool and ready for the breeding season.
Five pairs bred at Titchwell in 2015.
Birds not seen during winter until this week.

Red-crested Pochard.
Favours dabbling with head submerged but will also dive.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

20170130 Smooth Newt & Woodcock RSPB Titchwell

Smooth Newt
Male crossing the West Bank path.
Hibernates on land till end of January when they return to their breeding ponds for the summer.
They prefer fish free ponds and ditches, therefore nearer the VC than the Freshwater Marsh...

Smooth Newt
Note webbed feet and dark stripe through the eye.
In dyke by West Bank.
After dark by North Foreland Wood.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

20170119 Glaucous Gulls Sheringham

Glaucous Gull
Adult/4th winter bird with extensive pink in the bill and a small dark sub-terminal band.

Glaucous Gull
Well marked dark 1st winter/Juvenile bird.

Monday, 16 January 2017

20170114 Tidal Surge

Salthouse duck pond reclaims the A149.
Swan family really happy.

Debris over coast footpath Stiffkey Saltmarsh.

Checking footbridges for the NT Stiffkey Saltmarsh.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

20161219 Ferruginous Duck RSPB Titchwell

Ferruginous Duck
Patsy's Reedbed Pool with Tufted Duck.
Note species has its own appendix 1a in Norfolk Report...

Ferruginous Duck
Darker feathering in belly indicate immature male.

Ferruginous Duck.
Clean white vent patch. Flanks paler and yellow to rear.

Ferruginous Duck
Minimal black nail area cf male Tufted
Ferruginous Duck
Male breeding plumage.
Blakeney wildfowl collection.

Ferruginous Duck
Female breeding plumage.
Blakeney wildfowl collection.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

20161204 Great Black-backed Gull JC499 NT Blakeney Point

GBB Gull
JC499 1st winter.

GBB Gull
CR-Code Black ring with white code: JC499 LBM;RBNW(JC499)
Ringing Centre Stavanger Museum (Norway) Ring number 3050199
Species Great Black-backed Gull  Larus marinus
Sex Unknown Age Pullus

25.06 2016
Kalvøysund, Arendal, Aust-Agder, Norway
58°32'23"N 008°58'53"E
Lome, Carsten
04.12 2016
Blakeney Point, Norfolk, Great Britain
52°58'43"N 000°58'45"E
Whiley, Tom

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

20161123 Starling Roost Cley Marshes

Flock moving over road to roost in Main Reedbed.
Pre move down into reeds.
An almost fully leucistic bird can be seen in this shot.