Saturday, 10 April 2021

20210410 Meadow Pipit Kelling Water Meadows


20210410 Meadow Pipit
Pair together
Prince of orange at rear.
 Note range of base flush does not extend onto flanks in either bird.

20210410 Meadow Pipit
Prince of orange head on, blimey...

20210410 Meadow Pipit
2nd bird paired with the prince of orange.
Showed very pale orange flush to breast & throat as in the prince, but not so intense of tone.

20150427 Meadow Pipit
KWM April 2015, Classic spring plumage.

20210410 Meadow Pipit
Prince of Orange rt side.
Is this the most striking bib ever seen on Mipit in British Isles?
Not so, see RFP's shots March 2004, Blakeney Point. Birding World.
Strong orange with minimal breast streaking makes for a real stunner.

201804 Meadow Pipit
Matt Knott Orcombe Point in April 2018.
Similar bib and throat area with whiter flanks.
Strong tramlines and wing-bars.

Thursday, 25 March 2021

20210325 Large Tortoiseshell, Common Lizard, Dartford Warbler & Red Fox N Norfolk Heaths


20210325 Large Tortoiseshell
Found on the 22nd by two pseudo-notables when status was discussed...
Was surprised to find a twitch developing on the 25th..??

20210325 Large Tortoiseshell
Note uniform inner hindwings, Smalls are dark brown at the base.
Was noticeably larger than Small Tort but not over overwhelmingly so.

20210326 Common Lizard

20180713 Small Tortoiseshell
Bright individual in July, Bayfield Estate.

20210329 Small Tortoiseshell
Blakeney Downs
Whiter forewing strips on this individual and weaker blue tabs.
Do they fade during winter hibernation? Compare with fresh July individual above.

20210330 Red Fox
At 1200mm tail gets clipped...

20210330 Red Fox
The ultimate portrait

20100328 Woodlark
Good numbers on the heaths this spring.
Association with grazing mammals shown here.

20210407 Dartford Warbler
Top tail shot, well shaped.

20210407 Dartford Warbler
Male in song. Male Stonechat singing from the same gorse bush.

20210407 Dartford Warbler

20201222 Dartford Warbler 
RFP's Little Friend overwintering on Blakeney Spit. See CBC Winter Newsletter, 
excellent tale.
1st autumn bird with browner upperparts. 
Where has it gone to breed...?

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

20210323 White-tailed Sea Eagle, Bayfield Lake


20210323 White-tailed Eagle
Low over Natural Surroundings and heading up the Glaven Valley. 

20210323 White-tailed Sea Eagle
With local Red Kite, regularly seen escorting Sea Eagles.
Note Tx bulge on mantle. 

202103223 White-tailed Sea Eagle
Note longer 3 'bulging' outer secondaries of juvenile.

20210323 White-tailed Sea Eagle
Upperparts pattern of immature bird.
Bird just above tree top height and flew off South... 

20210323 White-tailed Sea Eagle
With dwarfed local Buzzard

Saturday, 27 February 2021

20210227 Adder basking, Norfolk Heathland


Surprised to find several hibernacula now widely publicised on social media...??
Pressure from massed local dog walking here...
The coup de grace will be spread of housing developments over the site.

20210227 Adder Vipera berus & Ladybird
Basking near hibernacula, flattening body to catch early morns rays.

20210227 Adder
Fang shot and mouth exercises.

20210227 Adder
If bitten seek medical attention.
A timely reminder to get vaccinated for everything...

20210227 Adder
Forked tongue shot, note V-shaped head pattern and stripe to eye.

202010227 Adder
Snakes moved with ease through the gorse bushes up to a metre from the ground.

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

20201118 Siberian Chiffchaff Beeston Regis Common


20201118 Siberian Chiffchaff
Bird rapidly moved through Common high in trees with Long-tailed Tit flock.

20201118 Common Chiffchaff
P. collybita. 5 birds stayed low down in the Dusky's willow clump.
Dusky called, about 3 short bursts, but has proved to be a difficult bird to view.

20201118 Common Chiffchaff
Sunning collybita with bluebottle that took a wrong turn.
1 Brambling on deck here.

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

20201117 Desert Wheatear, Salthouse Beach. Caspian Gull & Peregrine Falcon


20201117 Desert Wheatear

20201117 Desert Wheatear

20201117 Caspian Gull
Off Salthouse Beach road.
Probably a male on body size and hefty bill. Adult winter plumage.

20201117 Peregrine Falcon
By Meadow Lane. Hefty adult female.
Appears to be a length of wire beneath the left eye...