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Monday, May 15, 2017

Norfolk 11th to 14th May 2017

Norfolk weekend with the lads.

The weather wasn't ideal but we did have some good sightings; Glossy Ibis, 7 Spoonbills, 3 Black-winged Stilts, 7 Dotterel, Wood Warbler and Savi's Warbler. There were plenty of other sightings but a disappointing number of waders and the species that we did see were very low in numbers. 

Below are some pictures from the trip not all are frame fillers, in fact most were very distant.



Black-winged Stilts on a new marsh








Distant Glossy Ibis on Hockwold Marsh, Lakenheath



There were 7 Spoonbills near Rush Hill Scrape




There were a couple of Turtle Dove's in RSPB's Titchwell Reserve car park






1 of 3 Cuckoo's seen a Tirchwell 





This Marsh Harrier flew really close  to the car while I was looking the other way in search of Dotterel. By the time I had picked up my camera it was moving away. 


2 of at least 30 Hobby's at RSPB's Lakenheath Fen


Common Tern




There are at least 10 pairs of Mediterranean Gulls nesting or hoping to nest at Titchwell


Grey Partridge and a farmland mammal trying to hide.



 
It's hard to go to Norfolk and not take a photo of one of these.


Little ringed Plover dwarfed by a pair of Mallards


Male and female Little ringed Plover



Ruff, one of only a handful that I saw this weekend, normally there are many more.





Common Sandpiper



This next batch of photos show a male Redshank approaching a female. He then went behind her and while calling excitedly began flapping his wings, the flapping got quicker the voice louder then after about 30 secondss he lifted off the ground like a jump jet, moved forward slowly he settled on her back and before you could blink he dropped of and she took off. Really amazing!









A Wood Warbler high in the canopy and really hard to photograph



Willow Warbler


Sedge Warbler



Cetti's Warbler


Reed Warbler



Grasshopper Warbler at Hickling NWT Reserve






Corn Bunting




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