Monday 15 April 2024

20240219 Bird Field Sketching day course, Sculthorpe Moor

 Day Course in field sketching techniques Friday 19th April 1000 -1500hrs

Sculthorpe Moor, Fakenham. Tel: 01328 856 788

During the day we will look at the internal structure of birds and their feather zones applying this to sketching species from life at Sculthorpe Moor.

We will include the species preferred habitat and the landscape within the field sketch, to give an impression of its place in the environment at the Reserve.

Techniques to improve speed of field sketching will be investigated.Style and technique will be related to the clients vision of their own aims and finished artwork.

20220503 Siberian Chiffchaff

Friday 5 April 2024

20240405 Marsh Harrier, NNorfolk


20240405 Marsh Harrier
Pair at Cley, males marriage offer is the tempting head of a Greylag Goose.

20240412 MHarrier
Dark type male hunting at Snettisham.

20240322 MHarrier
1st summer male into Cley roost, Orange 43.
Grey tail feathers appearing.

20240314 MHarrier 
1st summer female, orange 44, sister of above male.

20240314 MHarrier
Orange 44, showing pale edging to wing coverts of a 1st year bird
 and fresh looking tags.

Saturday 16 March 2024

20240316 Long-billed Dowitcher, NWT Cley. The return


20240316 Long-billed Dowitcher

20240316 Spoonbill
Return to reserve also and move straight into NFWood.
The results of drone flights are awaited....

20240408 LbDowitcher
Pale orange feathering appearing in flanks and belly.

20240408 LbDowitcher
On Simmonds by hide.
Gave diagnostic high pitched 'Kyip' call, quiet and relaxed in this instance.
OM1's dynamic range against strong light is rather good....
First Gropper briefly reeled this morning on the Skirts.

20240409 Avocet
Pairs showing great interest in Bishop's Island.
Blue flag AE over yellow lt leg.
Blue flag C1 also seen on Pats.

20240410 LbDowitcher

20240310 LbDowitcher

Tuesday 12 March 2024

20240312 White-tailed Sea Eagle, Cockthorpe Airfield


20240313 WtSEagle
Metal ring coated in orange plastic...

20240313 WtSEagle
Tracked bird and re-located standing in a stream for early morn refreshment, following a
breakfast of lagomorph remains....
A moment frozen in time. Then lift off...

20240313 WtSEagle

20240313 WtSEagle

20240312 W-tSEagle
The ultimate Eagle shot in heavy rain with tail spray...

20240303 White-tailed Sea Eagle
Juvenile that had a wind turbine accident in the Netherlands, August last year.
Ringed and spent 6 weeks in care.
Has spent the winter in N Suffolk and has relocated to the NNorfolk coast.
Left leg: black ring with white code WN above 88.
Right leg: Metal ring.
Seen S of Glandford 2/3(SG)(photo showing code).
Cley Marshes 4/3.

Friday 8 March 2024

20240308 Rustic Bunting & Redpoll, Helhoughton Set-aside


19980927 Rustic Bunting
Fair Isle.
By the 3rd of October the flock had built up to 16, largest ever in the British Isles...

20240308 Rustic Bunting

20240326 Redpoll
Bird with yellow ochre face and upper breast... back shot.

20240326 Redpoll
... front shot.

20240326 Mealy Redpoll

20240326 Firecrest
Lynford Arboretum

20240401 Coues's Arctic Redpoll
Pink rump of male Mealy shows. 

20240401 Coues's Arctic Redpoll

Tuesday 27 February 2024

Sunday 28 January 2024

20240128 Green-winged Teal, Holkham Freshmarsh


20240128 Green-winged Teal
With male Eurasian Teal and lacks white scapular stripe.

20240128 Green-winged Teal 
Deeper pinkish buff breast than Eurasian with vertical white stripes show well head on.

20240128 E Curlew
Warham Greens, subject ID and focus points over the whole sensor....

20240128 Mistle Thrush
Lady Anne's Drive.

20240128 Green-winged Teal
Image from RAW.
Fine vermaculations pick-up on lower flank only....

20190620 Green-winged Teal
Male at Cley.
Note camera able to pick up vermaculations on Eurasian but not those on the American bird.

20190620 Grreen-winged Teal

20240203 American Black Scoter
Adult male in this flock of Eurasian and Velvet Scoter.