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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

12th August

I have just returned from Norfolk having spent most days preparing my new home for a plasterer and decorator to come in. If I wasn’t doing that I was outside trying to get the garden back into some kind of shape.

I did manage to have a few early mornings up on the north coast or at the nearby Rush Hill Scrape. passerines were very few but waders were fairly plentiful, the highlights being White-rumped Sandpiper, American Golden Plover and Temminck’s Stint. The one bird that slightly frustrated me was a Franklin’s Gull, seen before I left London and gone within 2 hours and then popping up 40 miles along the coast one evening after a heavy downpour but moving on within the hour. It was still as it always is an enjoyable break.

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There were some beautiful sunrises while I was away, this was looking from the visitor centre at Cley NNT Reserve (more further down).

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I saw Spoonbills at several locations around the coast, with 19 on the North Scrape at Cley being the largest flock.

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Rush Hill Scrape from Weavers Way

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2 Egret species and Common Cranes at Rush Hill Scrape

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Shanks over Rush Hill Scrape

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Has this poor Ruff suffered as a result of cannon netting?

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A couple of juvenile Little-ringed Plovers at on Simmon’s Scrape at Cley. I was surprised to see a chick that was barely 5 days old on the same scrape.

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Two Green Sandpipers shadow a Hobby as it flies over Cley NNT Reserve.

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The difference early morning sun makes to a Common Snipe.

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This seal caused a shoal of fish to come close to the surface, which attracted the attention of these gulls and terns.

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A family of Yellow Wagtails were on a cliff side bush

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I picked this flock of birds up when they were way out at sea and thought that they were waders. I was then a little surprised when they turned out to be a flock of racing pigeons on their way back to their loft.

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I had 3 fairly close encounters with Chinese Water Deer, normally I see them in the distance.

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Cley NNT Reserve above and below

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