Tuesday, 25 August 2020

20200825 Sea-watching Sheringham Prom & Cley Beach




20200825 European Shag
One juvenile keenly hunted around the breakwater rocks, Sheringham.



20200825 European Shag
2 birds flew in from East in heavy rain.


20200826 European Shag
Leaping about on the rocks in a stiff Westerly this morning.


20200826 European Shag
Wing tip more rounded than Cormorants below, and shows a pale coverts panel.
This bird unfortunately shows a Cormorant like kink in its neck.... 


20200826 Cormorant
1st winter bird in foreground.
Note sloping forehead, thicker neck and heavy bill.


20200826 Caspian Gull
1st winter bird.
Feeding inshore along Sheringham Prom.


20200826 Caspian Gull
Overall paler mid-tones than juvenile LBB with a striking near white head.


20200826 Black Tern
Juvenile West and into high wind, inshore past Cley Beach. 


 

20200829 Long-tailed Skua
Pale morph West, Cley Beach.
Dwarfed by passing Fulmars and lobster pot flag.


20200829 Long-tailed Skua
Off white breast and belly. Blunt tail spike.


20200829 Long-tailed Skua
Off white nape shows well. Two white primary pins just show.

Sunday, 23 August 2020

20200823 Icterine Warbler Grambore Hill

 


20200823 Willow Warbler
12 plus in clump, all olivish-yellow base colour. 


20200823 Icterine Warbler
Open face and large black eye.




20200823 Icterine Warbler
Faint yellow tint to central breast and face.


20200823 Icterine Warbler


Thursday, 13 August 2020

20200813 Albino Grey Heron, 'Gandalf The White' Walsey Hills & NFWood Roosts






20200812 Little Egret
72 birds into NFWood roost this evening.


20200812 Little Egret
Post breeding moult in evidence.




20200831 Great White Egret
On Snipes Marsh and for comparison only...
Thin legs with dull yellow tibia, blackening onto tarsus.
Overall a clean bright zinc white, helped by bright sunlight.

20200813 Albino Grey Heron
In flight and at distance the bird is consistently mis-identified. 
Check the shorter leg extension than GWEgret and overall buff off white plumage.


                                                          

20200813 Albino Grey Heron
Attempting GWEgret pose.



20200813 Albino Grey Heron
Form, posture and feather topography of Heron.


20170331 Great White Egret
Bayfield Lake.
Long leg extension and 'knee' almost at tail tip.

 20170331 Great White Egret
Biro sketch, Bayfield Lake.
Thin and lanky.


20200813 Albino Grey Heron
Over NFWood
Shorter leg extension, more compact.

20000923 Great White Egret
Pair over the Hale Estuary Cornwall Sept 2000 when they were rare.
Note huge leg extension noted...

20170331 Great White Egret
Bayfield Lake.



Tuesday, 4 August 2020

20200804 White-tailed Eagle, Burnham Thorpe

 

20200804 White-tailed Eagle
Tagged immature bird from the Isle of White project.
The WTE over Burnham Thorpe this morning was G393, a male released on the IOW last August. It spent much of spring and early summer in N.Yorkshire before heading south to the E.Midlands on July 20 , then east to Norfolk on Sat.


20200804 White-tailed Eagle
With CBuzzard which has the wing span of one Wt Eagle wing...

20200804 White-tailed Eagle
Upperparts and the beginnings of a white tail.

20200804 White-tailed Eagle
With 2 Red Kite, the species which most frequently mobbed the Eagle.
Red Kite abundant in Burnham Thorpe area, 14 birds up over the village at one point today.