Saturday, 23 March 2019

20190206 Peregrine Falcon Cromer Church



20190413 Cromer Parish Church and war memorial.
North Norfolk's first Peregrine Falcon eyrie...?



20190413 Peregrine & Feral Pigeon.
Atop Cromer Church Spires against early morning light.


20190206 Peregrine
Tercel surveying Cromer for pray items.
About 30 Feral Pigeon still about the tower??
20190206 Peregrine
The pair have been reported on site 17th March after going missing for a couple of weeks.
20190323 Peregrine
Male atop church tower. Pair have returned hopefully to nest.
Olympus 75-300mm MKII from RAW, cf f4 prime above.

20190323 Peregrine
Female atop church tower spire. Probable descendants of the Norwich Cathedral birds, hence the choice of religious monument and fixation on Feral Pigeons as the main prey source....
As yet hunting has not been witnessed over the sea.
Noted only 4 Feral Pigeons on tower today....
Olympus 75-300mm MKII from RAW.
20190404 Peregrine
Tercel grooming on North side of tower. Hopefully the falcon is on the nest.
Only 5 Feral Pigeons sitting on East side of tower.
20181231 Peregrine Falcon 
1st winter bird seen hunting about the Cley reserve this winter.
Adult birds no frequently seen in this area which is 16km from Cromer.

Friday, 22 March 2019

20190322 LBB Gull x Herring Gull Hybrid Blakeney Duck Pond

20190322 LBB Gull x Herring Gull Hybrid
Back to breed again on the roof tops of Blakeney and favours the stump in the duck pond enclosure.
At least 4 years old now and determined to produce the next generation of hybrids....

20190322 LBB Gull x Herring Gull Hybrid
Paired with this L a argenteus and both in fine fettle.
Blakeney now has two fine examples of hybridization in Gulls much to the delight of the keen gullers Nation wide.



20170128 LBB/Herring Gull hybrid?
Pale and dull flesh coloured legs.
Upperparts darker grey than Yellow-legged Gull but not as dark as nearby LBB...
Primary projection as long as LBB.
'Hybrid Lesser Black-backed Gull x Herring Gull, Blakeney, 12th January 2019. This rather smart adult gull (of this presumed parentage) has been noted at and around Blakeney duck pond since at least January 2016.' ref SJM.

20170128 LBB/Herring Gull hybrid?
Feet a tone stronger pink than legs. No hint of yellow.
4th winter bird.


Sunday, 17 March 2019

20190317 Ring-billed x LBBGull Hybrid...?? Blakeney Harbour


20190317 Ring-billed x LBB Gull hybrid



20190317 Ring-billed x LBB Gull hybrid

20190317 Ring-billed x LBB Gull hybrid
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Pair beside channel just to the left of the Hybrid bird.
Hybrid Ring-billed x LBB.
Derbyshire Dec 2018
Ref MA Golly

Friday, 15 March 2019

20190315 White Wagtail Kelling Water Meadows




20190315 White Wagtail
Pristine summer male about the water meadow this morning despite prevailing and strong Westerly winds over the last few days. Note black nape and crown patch clearly defined along edge with grey mantle. Less demarked in female. 

Friday, 1 March 2019

20190301 Barn Owls of the N Norfolk Coast




20190301 Barn Owl portrait
Composed from field studies of a Blakeney bird  in January 2016.
20180422 near albino bird frequented Keeper Marsh Cley April 2018.
Males of the alba British race are paler, less spotted and whiter than females....?
20190129 Barn Owl
The plunge.
Hunting demonstration by confiding bird mid afternoon at Titchwell.

Thursday, 21 February 2019

20190221 Glaucous Gull on seal carcass



Glaucous Gull
By Sea Pool Salthouse.

Glaucous Gull
Long staying1st winter bird.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

20190206 Goshawk in NE Norfolk



20190211 Northern Goshawk
First record shot of Goshawk leaving conifer plantation.
Deep chest and bowed wings.
20190211 Northern Goshawk nest from past years.
20190311 Northern Goshawk
20190311 Northern Goshawk
1st year bird as quite brown overall and buff on underparts.
20190311 C Buzzard
Pair in aerial acrobatics. Goshawk in area with these 2 but no interaction seen.