Saturday 13 December 2014

20141213 Crane. Grey Seals at Horsey Gap.

Crane NE of Martham Braod from road. 2800mm as distant.
2 birds calling and flew off South at dusk at Stubbs Mill.

Crane. 1400mm.

Grey Seal pup. Horsey Gap colony doing very well.
Viewing excellent here.

Grey Seal Pup.

Grey Seal male. The beach master comes ashore.
Grey Seal nursing female.
Childhood obesity also a problem in this species.
Excellent views of colony.

Friday 28 November 2014

20141128 Snow Bunting. Water Shrew. NWT Cley.

Water Shrew. On board walk to centre hides.Return of mammal evidence following the Surge.
Note long hairs on underside of tail to act as keel.
Farmyard Goose with 205 Greylag on Simmonds Scape.
Single White-front with this group also but stayed out on Cricket Marsh.
Snow Bunting. Lone 1st winter male feeding around YH Poppy on shingle ridge.

Snow Bunting. 1st winter male.

Friday 21 November 2014

20141121 Woodcock fence incident. Little Grebe. NWT Cley.

Little Grebe. Up to 10 birds wintering on the Main Drain.

Had flown into fence on beach side of the Eye Field with revolutionary outcome.
Adult bird, as thin terminal bar on primary coverts and tail feather tipped silvery
white on underside.

Woodcock feathers. Lt to Rt.
 2 primary, upper and underside with hard and narrow outer web.
 Secondary, almost equal webs. 2 small Alula feathers.
3 tail feathers with almost all black inner webs, upper and 2 undersides with silvery white tips.
1st Woodcock painting.
For a camouflage project at school in Norwich.

Tuesday 11 November 2014

20141111 Black Brant

Black Brant. Bird first showed over ridge.
Striking white flank patch against near black belly and wing coverts.

Dark-bellied Brent Geese. Flock walked down dip in field towards me.

Black Brant. Note white flecks at rear of neck.

Black Brant. Shots shows darker belly tone and little contrast between breast and belly.
Also large necklace which joins at front of neck.
Black Brant.

Thursday 6 November 2014

20141106 Rough-legged Buzzard. Great White Egret.

Rough-legged Buzzard. Juv bird hunting over the dunes.
Buff under-wing coverts and large brown belly patch.
2 birds over dunes, this one in tail moult more active.

Rough-legged Buzzard. About half the tail feathers missing due to moult?
Bird caught in direct sunlight.

Rough-legged Buzzard. Investigated by male kestrel.

Rough-legged Buzzard. Bird went down on water meadow. Pale primary patch of juvenile showing.
Great White Egret. Long staying bird on Holkham Marshes.

Wednesday 22 October 2014

20141022 Black Redstart. Cley Church.

Black Redstart. Hint of white wing patch indicates 1st winter male.

Black Redstart.

Black Redstart.
Should birders use the grave stones to prop up their optical equipment?

Friday 17 October 2014

20141017 Isabelline Shrike. Wareham Greens.

Isabelline Shrike.
Arrived at the crack of dawn to avoid the crowed.
Shrike showed as the sun came up but by 0900 a twitch had developed to about 30.....

Isabelline Shrike.

Isabelline Shrike.

Saturday 11 October 2014

20141011NWT Holme Dunes Res Guide. Yellow-browed Warbler. Siberian Chiffchaff.

Yellow-browed Warbler. Found and ID by Fiona after advice from Kelvin to check the sycamores by car park.

Yellow-browed Warbler. We then found a very pale Chiffchaff with this bird in the same clump.
Siberian Chiffchaff. Photo by Nick Brown.
Classic shot showing all tristis features.
Note bird was not heard to call.
Siberian Chiffchaff. Does the wing formula help?

Siberian Chiffchaff. So pale.
Siberian Chiffchaff. 20140222. Braodsands Devon.
Siberian Chiffchaff. 20140222. Broadsands.

Monday 6 October 2014

20141006 Steppe Grey Shrike

Steppe Grey Shrike. All shots on 6th as distant as this. Bird stayed on central hedge line all morning.
Steppe Grey Shrike. Early morning on the 11th bird by central track

Monday 29 September 2014

20140921 Masked Shrike. Red-breasted Flycatcher. Jack Snipe. Spurn

Masked Shrike. Juvenile plumage, overal very white bird with gery and black markings.
Showed up well against hedge and at distance.

Size comparison with Great Tit. Without tail length body of bird is about the size of a Great Tit.

Clean white breast as 1st winter but retaining much barring on flanks.
Pale orange wash to right flank only.

Cracking little bird. Performed well but would not move along hedgerow towards the twitch...
Red-breasetd Flycatcher. 1st autumn bird as pale tipped greater coverts and tertials well edged.
Black and white tail pattern showing.
Jack Snipe. From hide.
Snipe. From hide for comparison.