Friday, 23 April 2021

20210423 Ring Ouzel & Barn Owl, Hindolveston


20210423 Barn Owl
Protesting to the naked ape.
'Give Way to re-wilding in Norfolk'... or is it too late?
A few ancient hedges and fields in the Hindolveston area...

20210423 Barn Owl

20210423 Ring Ouzel
2 males of 7 on private pitch and putt field, packed with wild flowers.
Not as a commercial GC...

20210423 Ring Ouzel
5 birds down together, only one browner female type in flock.
Also one Fieldfare associating with Ouzels.
Pair of Mistle Thrush and several Songs put in an appearance.
The local Blackbirds were somewhat rattled.

20210423 Fieldfare
More thickset and stocky than the often slim looking Ouzels.
Flock of 27 in April 2019. Seen to fly off to the SE??
Flocks often going ESE in North Norfolk in spring suggesting they cross North Sea back into Europe,
and then head Northwards...?

Saturday, 10 April 2021

20210410 Meadow Pipit & Yellow Wagtail Kelling Water Meadows


Re-visiting the variability in Mipit for at least the 5th time...
2 high contrast and colourful birds at KWM.
Features required for the disputed form A p whistleri were not seen on either bird.
Note jpeg compression smudges out fine feather detail about the head,
causing a greyed out appearance seen on many tweeted LoRes shots of this bird.

20210410 Meadow Pipit
Pair together
Prince of orange at rear.
 Note range of base flush does not extend onto flanks in either bird.

20210410 Meadow Pipit
Prince of orange head on, blimey...

20210410 Meadow Pipit
2nd bird paired with the prince of orange.
Showed very pale orange flush to breast & throat as in the prince, but not so intense of tone.

20150427 Meadow Pipit
KWM April 2015, Classic spring plumage.

201804 Meadow Pipit
Matt Knott Orcombe Point in April 2018.
Similar bib and throat area with whiter flanks.
Strong tramlines and wing-bars.

20210419 Meadow Pipit
Prince of Orange still here and paired on 19th.

20210419 Yellow Wagtail
2 males about pool.

20210419 Yellow Wagtail
Heat haze issue at midday.

20210430 White Wagtail

20210430 White Wagtail

20190315 White Wagtail
KWM March 2019.
Minimal raw umber tint in tertials.

20210410 Meadow Pipit
Prince of Orange head on the orange tint was at its brightest.

20210514 Meadow Pipit
Ion Road. 1st blogshot with MKII...
Note Naples Yellow throat patch fades into upper breast.

Thursday, 25 March 2021

20210325 Large Tortoiseshell, Common Lizard, Dartford Warbler & Red Fox N Norfolk Heaths


20210325 Large Tortoiseshell
Found on the 22nd by two pseudo-notables when status was discussed...
Was surprised to find a twitch developing on the 25th..??

20210325 Large Tortoiseshell
Note uniform inner hindwings, Smalls are dark brown at the base.
Was noticeably larger than Small Tort but not over overwhelmingly so.

20210326 Common Lizard

20180713 Small Tortoiseshell
Bright individual in July, Bayfield Estate.

20210329 Small Tortoiseshell
Blakeney Downs
Whiter forewing strips on this individual and weaker blue tabs.
Do they fade during winter hibernation? Compare with fresh July individual above.

20210330 Red Fox
At 1200mm tail gets clipped...

20210330 Red Fox
The ultimate portrait

20100328 Woodlark
Good numbers on the heaths this spring.
Association with grazing mammals shown here.

20210407 Dartford Warbler
Top tail shot, well shaped.

20210407 Dartford Warbler
Male in song. Male Stonechat singing from the same gorse bush.

20210407 Dartford Warbler

20201222 Dartford Warbler 
RFP's Little Friend overwintering on Blakeney Spit. See CBC Winter Newsletter, 
excellent tale.
1st autumn bird with browner upperparts. 
Where has it gone to breed...?

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

20210323 White-tailed Sea Eagle, Bayfield Lake


20210323 White-tailed Eagle
Low over Natural Surroundings and heading up the Glaven Valley. 

20210323 White-tailed Sea Eagle
With local Red Kite, regularly seen escorting Sea Eagles.
Note Tx bulge on mantle. 

202103223 White-tailed Sea Eagle
Note longer 3 'bulging' outer secondaries of juvenile.

20210323 White-tailed Sea Eagle
Upperparts pattern of immature bird.
Bird just above tree top height and flew off South... 

20210323 White-tailed Sea Eagle
With dwarfed local Buzzard

Saturday, 27 February 2021

20210227 Adder basking, Norfolk Heathland


Surprised to find several hibernacula now widely publicised on social media...??
Pressure from massed local dog walking here...
The coup de grace will be spread of housing developments over the site.

20210227 Adder Vipera berus & Ladybird
Basking near hibernacula, flattening body to catch early morns rays.

20210227 Adder
Fang shot and mouth exercises.

20210227 Adder
If bitten seek medical attention.
A timely reminder to get vaccinated for everything...

20210227 Adder
Forked tongue shot, note V-shaped head pattern and stripe to eye.

202010227 Adder
Snakes moved with ease through the gorse bushes up to a metre from the ground.