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Sunday, August 31, 2014

31st August

Norfolk 26th to 31st

I have just spent a few days up at my new house, mainly deciding what needs to be done to it and getting the garden in some kind of shape. Not being a keen DIY person I am always slow getting underway.

I did manage a couple of early morning birding trips to Cley and a three visits to Winterton on Sea. On the whole the number of birds around was a little disappointing, though their were some highlights. The weather was only slightly favourable  for sea watching on one day.

Photo opportunities were very few but a few of the better one’s are below.

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Looking west from Salthouse towards Blakeney Point

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2 distant skua species

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Turnstones look for scraps on the sea front at Walcott

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Several hundred Black-tailed Godwits were commuting between the scrapes at Cley and the nearby recently harvested wheat fields.

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Distant Greenish Warbler at Winterton, but still a lifer.

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My wife and I took the fairly long walk up to see the male Red-backed Shrike at Winterton yesterday afternoon. If it had been cloudy when I woke at 6.00am this morning I wouldn’t have made the return trip. How lucky was I, a beautiful sunny morning greeted me when I peered through the gap in my bedroom curtains.

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Saturdays photo top, followed by a sample from today.

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If it weren’t for a group of Whitethroats and Blue Tits I may not have seen the shrike that was basking in early morning sun low down behind a bramble.

4 comments:

glen mcdonal Writer said...

The Shirke looks splendid what a cracking bird and photos

Tony Duckett said...

It was stunning and a privalege to be able to get so close to him.

Paul Davis said...

Superb shots!

Tony Duckett said...

Thanks Paul, I am so grateful that the light was so good on Sunday morning.