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Monday, July 25, 2016

Norfolk weekend

I have just returned from a couple of days in Norfolk, where the sunny early mornings allowed me to be at Cley's NNT Reserve by 5.30am. This as you would expect meant that I had the reserve and hide's almost entirely to myself. I had driven up just after lunch on Friday missing the early getaway traffic. The nearby beach was almost deserted apart from 4 or 5 people, 5 waders and around 400+ Little Terns. 

Below are some of my photographic highlights.

       The beach north of Sea Palling

       The Little Terns doing their synchronized display flight is better than the Red Arrows





       The parents tease the young to get to encourage them to fly.








       The juvs also practice diving.


       At times this is a busy beach, yet the Ringed Plovers still manage to raise their young.




       This Dunlin was trying to workout how to swallow this beetle.

       While enjoying the spectacle of a party of screaming Swifts over my house, I sight that I 
       seldom see in London, this Common Crane was a garden tick. 


       Heavy dew plays havock with a Barn Owls feathers.

       The colony of Little Egrets at the southern end of the east bank goes from strength to 

       These Spoonbills were on Hickling Broads Rush Hill Scrape.

       This juv Marsh Harrier left his overnight roost and scared off 80% of the waders on the
       scrape at Cley just as I opened the door.
       Little Ringed Plover juv

       Common Sandpiper

       Green Sandpiper

       Eurasian Curlew

      Water Rail juvenile

       This little group of Shoveler's walked across the same stretch of mud at the same 
       time 2 days running.


       Bearded Tit juvenile
       Eurasian Skylark

       Meadow Pipit

       Reed Bunting