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Thursday, August 09, 2018

Five days in Norfolk early August

Five balmy days in  Norfolk

Though not a migrant fest particularly on the passerine front there was plenty to see, especially on the north coast. Wader numbers at Cley NWT were building up daily and there was a surprise find by some birders who checked out Potter Heigham Marshes in the form of 2 Spotted Crakes. I didn't put much effort into it as the views were distant but and the wait sometimes were very long. I gave it 30 mins and jammed in. My bird of the trip was a very high flying adult Whit-winged Black Tern that headed west over Cley at 7.05am on the7th. It wasn't hanging about and as normal on the 3 times I visited the reserve there were very few people around and none in view when the bird flew through. In the early morning sun the contrast of black and white underparts, silvery white upper fonore-wings that again looked stunning against the black head and breast on a downward wing beat. It was a shame that at a distance of over half the length of the east bank my camera wouldn't focus on it. 

Below are some of my best or most interesting photos from Norfolk


Black-tailed Godwit's come in off the North Sea at Cley


Sun rising over Daukes Hide


Early morning looking across Pat's Pool from Bishops Hide and below looking from Teal Hide towards Bishops Hide



Green Sandpiper





Green Sandpiper and Common Sandpiper


Common Sandpiper



Little-ringed Plover




Common Snipe





Dunlin



Lapwing


Ruff


Common Redshank


Spotted Redshank


Water Rail



Yellow-legged Gull and below a surprise incomer was followed a short time later his mum landed outside Avocet Hide.



Happisburgh Lighthouse


Eccles Beach looking north



Eccles beach looking south



Fulmars used to be seen regularly along this coast, breeding near Happisburgh, I don't see them much nowadays


Little Tern




Gulls were tempted by this shoal of fish but I didn't see one taken