Sunday, 31 May 2020

20200531 Squacco Heron & Otter, Bayfield Lake




20200531 Squacco Heron
Great views in full breeding plumage.

20200513 Squacco Heron
Glam-punk shot.


20200531 Otter
Glided by in less than a metre depth of river channel whilst waiting for the Squoc to fly up from lake side.
Too large for 1200mm and was unconcerned with human presence.

20200531 Otter
20200531 Squacco Heron
Back on favourite perch at the lakeside.
20200531 Otter


Thursday, 21 May 2020

20200520 Black Swan. Australasia comes to NNorfolk Coast



20200520 Black Swan
From Cley Village over the beach.
Concern over the dark tips forming band to remiges...

20200520 Black Swan
Newley arrived from a boating lake in Skeggy.
20200521 Black Swan
Decked at Kelling Water meadows. 

20200521 Black Swan
Much pale edging in upperparts and lack of white sub-terminal band on bill indicates 1st summer birds.

20200521 Black Swan 
Black trail edge to secondaries and black crescents on primaries show in preening shot.

Saturday, 9 May 2020

20200506 Government imposed Golley-esque birding walks

  • This normally encompasses 3 villages, 4 reserves and 2 country estates... return home with jelly legs.
  • On the plus side many large and scarce birds seen in flight, GWEgret, Spoonbill, SEOwl and falcons, over and landing in normally heavily disturbed areas.
  • Large Mammals also in evidence and again in unexpected areas usually over run with dog walkers.  
  • Many clicks of empty shoot managed farmland, all in need of re-wilding...
  • No real grilling of species... 
  • Had to bike ride to cross-train for this. Getting fit!?  
  • Takes up too much time.
  • Wildlife crime by landowners is frequently uncovered...
  • Conclusions: Upgraded gears grip shifts on bike...


20200403 Merlin
Male off Little Eye Salthouse Marshes.

20200403 Merlin
Classic side profile of this small and compact falcon.

20200506 Arctic Tern
2 birds in Blakeney Harbour along with feeding flock of 40 Commons over main channel.

20200506 Whimbrel
Good passage this spring.
This bird feeding on small crabs in Morston's saltmarsh.

20200507 WoodSanpiper
Bright and spangled upperparts for breeding.
 Also brighter olive green legs than in autumn. But see shot of Green below.
20200507 Wood Sanpiper
2 breeding plumaged birds on Swan Lake.
Photographic problem with heat haze.


20150409 Green Sandpiper
April bird in 2015 from Daukes. Green has it due to the clean white eye-ring and overall contrast in breeding plumage.
Neat head and neck pattern.
20101012 Solitary Sandpiper
At the then new and great Seaton Marshes Reserve in 2010.
Although this is an autumn juvenile and not a spring adult ideally.
Shots shows heavily barred tail sides and faintly barred upper flank sides, clean on Green.

20101012 Solitary Sandpiper
Yellowish-green legs.

20101012 Solitary Sandpiper
Primary projection beyond tail, only just in Green.
20200520 Black Swan
Walking through Cley Village 2 rather odd Swans appeared going east over the beach...

20200520 Black Swan
20200520 The Watchers House
Now empty and peaceful, and surrounded by Thrift.
20200520 Large Gull sp.
300 plus on beach beside poorly fenced and un-wardened Little Tern colony.
Gulls very spooky as if aware of direct control....
Less than 20 LTs in area