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Monday, May 14, 2012

14th May

Well I am back after three days in Norfolk where the weather was fine and mostly sunny apart from a few hours on Friday afternoon when it clouded over. The wind however had a real bight to it especially on Friday and Saturday morning. It then began to move around to a SW direction and reduce speed making it quite warm in the sheltered areas.

Bird life however, and I mean migrants were thin on the ground. Wader numbers were low and most passerines were in short supply. Sea watching was slow with few terns seen apart from Sandwich Terns at Cley and a handful of Little Terns turning up at Titchwell.

The best birds were 4 Spoonbills, 2 Garganey’s, Pomarine Skua, 3 Littel Gulls, 2 Temminks Stints, 2 Short-eared Owls. However it is still great to see typical Norfolk species, some at close quarters.

A few photos that follow captured some of my favourite moments.

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This Hobby over Salthouse caused a lot of panic amongst the smaller birds and brought the Northern Wheatear below to a bush 3 meters away.

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These Fulmars were a short early morning walk from our B&B

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Sandwich Tern

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Little Gull

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Spoonbill

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Black-tailed Godwit

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Sanderlings

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Common Sandpiper

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Eurasian Curlew (above) and Whimbrel (below)

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As there were quite a few Swifts around I thought I would try and capture them in action.

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Sedge Warbler

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Bullfinch

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Eurasian Linnet

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Cettis Warbler

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Gadwall

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Marsh Harrier takes evasive action when a Peregrine plays tag

 

 

 

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