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.