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Monday, July 08, 2013

8th March

Norfolk 7th and 8th July

As this was really just a trip to see Sally’s mum I did manage to get out on Saturday afternoon, to visit NNT’s Hickling Broad reserve and then in the early evening I went to see the Little Tern colony north of Sea Palling. Sunday morning I was up at 4.30am and in the hide at Cley by 5.30am. The water level was quite high here, though on other parts of the reserve it was low. Hopefully they will have adjusted it by the time the waders start to head south. There is already evidence that this has already started, with good numbers of Black-tailed Godwits, a few Dunlin, Whimbrel and Greenshanks already here. I have chosen a few of the more interesting photos to give you a taste of life on the north coast of Norfolk.

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It was good to see good numbers of Swallowtails at Hickling Broad. I normally miss them as I tend to visit in early June or from August onwards.

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If it weren’t for the Greylags in the photo and with the temperature as hot as it was I could have believed that I was in the Algarve.

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There were plenty of birds feeding there fast growing families.

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On one shallow saline pool hirundines were practicing how to catch insects off the surface of the water. To make it slightly easier they used feathers as a substitute.

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