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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sea Duck bonanza in North Norfolk

A pleasant weekend in Norfolk

Not that it was teaming with rarities but the numbers of birds on show was really impressive. They were mainly waterfowl and waders with a sprinkling of Snow Buntings and a couple of roadside harriers.

I have been birding in Norfolk for almost 50 years and I cannot remember seeing so many Long-tailed Ducks 200+ and not quite as many but still an impressive number of Velvet Scoters. They weren't that close to shore and were feeding with the large rafts of Common Scoters off the coast at Titchwell. On the water but not as easy to see were Slavonian Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Black-throated and Red-throated Diver and a few Eiders. The reserve also had large numbers of Lapwing, Golden Plover, Knot and Lapwing.

Velvet Scoter and Long-tailed Duck

A line of Long-tailed Ducks

Knot on their way to roost at high tide.

Knot (above), Sanderling (below)

How many species of wader can you see?

Avocets at Titchwell RSPB and later when the sun was out at Cley NNT Reserve.

Brent Geese never stop talking to each other.

This seal has a guilty expression on her face.

This Guillemot may have been unwell, although his plumage looked in good order and his eyes were wide open which are normally good signs.

Ringed Plovers were displaying on the beach.

There were at least 23 Snow Buntings on my local beach.

Spot the "Shingle Bunting" well that might be a more appropriate name for this species.

While driving away from the beach this Hen Harrier was hunting along the roadside ditch and not far away a Marsh Harrier flew past the car.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Water Rail shows

Regent's Park 16th February

Still not much happening but I am pleased to say that the Water Rail is showing reasonably often and sometimes at the bridge end of the Rail Ditch.

The Water Rail in the Rail Ditch, area 2.

These Heron's are mating others are sitting tight on their eggs.

This Common Gull appears to have eaten a hole loaf of bread judging by his fat stomach.

Black-headed Gulls landing.

We had some strange Great crested Grebe behaviour this morning.

There was a bit of displaying, the female went down on the nest and the male did what males do, mind you he wasn't hanging around.

The female looked around and left the nest. They male then clambered up onto the nest, went through some feather ruffling in front of the female. He then went down and she mounted him, well I can't recall ever seeing that happen before.