Tuesday 1 September 2015

20150901 Red-backed Shrike Blakeney Point

Red-backed Shrike.
Brick red tailed bird with barring on scaps and mantle.
Found on The Hood by Neville and myself. 8 Wheatear and 1 Phyllosc that got away, the only other migrant passerines.
2 Common Scoter on sea, Purple Sand and Little Stint fly byes West.

Wednesday 29 July 2015

20150729 Little Tern success!

Little Tern
Juveniles being fed on tide line.
RAW image processed through Elements 13.
33 young fledged from 2 small colonies on the Point. Best year since 2011.

Barry's VIP day on the Point with the Polaris.

Little Tern.
6 Juvenile Little Tern being fed on the beach this morning.
Successful year!!
Little Tern
20150527 adult fishing.

20150729 Arctic Skua NT Blackeney Point

Arctic Skua.
Image processed from RAW file in Elements 13.

Friday 3 July 2015

20150703 Shorty on Shed

Shorty on  Shed.
Mr &Mrs RF Porter with Artists Beverley and Tom.
In response to the Cley15's installations on the beach The Warden and Manager thought that something should be done to spruce up the CP Shed.

Ben & Jo at Shorty on Shed.
Following an excellently successful concert and fly by at Blickling Hall the world maestro lead violinist of Sinfonia Viva and wife take a well earned break on the reserve.

Mother Dear, Jimbo and Pip visit Shorty on Shed whilst Ben is manning the CP.

Tuesday 23 June 2015

20150623 Spotted Redshank NWT Cley

Spotted Redshank.
Adult moulting to winter plumage.
Bird briefly seen in front of Bishop's then hopped back over to Carter's Scrape and out of view. 

Spotted Redshank.

Tuesday 26 May 2015

20150526 White-rumped Sandpiper NWT Cley

White-rumped Sandpiper.
North Scrape.

White-rumped Sandpiper.
Associated with flock of 12 Tundra Ringed Plover.

Sunday 24 May 2015

20150524 NWT Cley CP. Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl.
Bird flew in off sea just west of hut and then briefly around the favoured  Fresh Marsh.

Short-eared Owl.
The new sea wall in background.

Saturday 23 May 2015

20150523 NWT Holme Dunes Photography Class

Sedge Warbler.
Male in song from Hawthorn blossom, the first of today's subjects.
Composition with the flowers is required.
Avocet pair.
Bird behaviour shots.
Luckly an overcast day so sunlight not against us from the hides which all face South at Holme.
Brown Argus.
Male as orange spots restricted on forewing.
One of the Blues... Blues tones in body.
Four-spotted Chaser.
1st of the year.

20150425 Grasshopper Warbler
Early morn by the coast path and in full reel.
Rates as the best bird shot at Holme Dunes....

Wednesday 20 May 2015

Sunday 29 March 2015

20150329 Grey Partridge Stiffkey

Grey Partridge.
Female. Restricted dark brown belly patch and duller orange-brown face.

Grey Partridge.
Pair, male in foreground.

Grey Partridge.
Female. White flecks on breast not present on male. 

Sunday 22 March 2015

20150322 Black Redstart Felbrig Hall

Black Restart. Adult Male.
Ideal photographic setting on roof of Hall.
Bird in song.
Black Redstart.
On Fly.

Sunday 15 March 2015

20150315 HDR tests

HDR1 test. 1MB jpeg.
Bird had moved its head during sequence of 4 shots, camera selected one position.
Detail is captured in white and dark brown plumage. Expose on highlights and adjust level back in photoshop.
Sturation moved +20 to retrieve colour.
Camera preset to ISO200 in HDR1.

Saturday 14 March 2015

20150313 Lapland Bunting & Northern Wheatear Weybourne

Northern Wheatear.
Adult male the first of Spring. Pair about the ploughed fields.
Lapland Bunting.
 26/11/2010 Berry Head. Flashback as per MK.
 Reminded of this confiding 1st winter bird by the Fort Cafe following major success with the Weybourne birds.
Lumix Fz38. 300mm. ISO200.
Lapland Bunting.
26/11/2010 Berry Head. PhotoFlashback.
Lapland Bunting. 1st winter.

Lapland Bunting. Adult female, breeding plumage.

Lapland Bunting. Adult female, breeding plumage. 

Tuesday 3 March 2015

20150303 Iceland Gull 1st winter Weybourne

Iceland Gull.
1st winter bird following the plough in fields East of Weybourne.
Bill very muddied along cutting edges and most of lower mandible.

Iceland Gull. 1st winter.
Underwing appears mainly pale with faint smudging against strong sunlight.

Iceland Gull.
Bird turning away and sunlight obscured, underwing and belly appear to have darker areas of smudging. 
Iceland Gull.
Muddied dark brown feet also.

Wednesday 25 February 2015

20150225 NWT Cley Marshes Marsh Harrier Blondie & mate

Spring has Sprung.
Blondie Cley's top apex predator has the look of love in her eyes... or is that death?
Marsh Harrier.
Blondie's mate Darkie.

Tuesday 10 February 2015

20150210 Water Pipit. NWT Cley

Water Pipit.
Winter plumage. This bird is returning to newly cut reed by the boardwalk to centre hides. 
Water Pipit.

Water Pipit.

Monday 9 February 2015

20150209 Black Redstart

Black Redstart.

20150209 Gargeney. NWT Cley

1st winter male out on Pope's Marsh from East Bank, 9th Feb. 2800mm and crop.
The bird was found last Wenesday afternoon
the record being  rubbished by the vols on duty when mentioned by a sceptical BFC,
disgraceful behaviour all round.


Back on Simmond's Scrape, 11th Feb.
2800mm and very dull day.

Bird found close to East bank on Serpentine afternoon of 18th.
The bird is in the photo op bag.