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Thursday, August 09, 2018

Five days in Norfolk early August

Five balmy days in  Norfolk

Though not a migrant fest particularly on the passerine front there was plenty to see, especially on the north coast. Wader numbers at Cley NWT were building up daily and there was a surprise find by some birders who checked out Potter Heigham Marshes in the form of 2 Spotted Crakes. I didn't put much effort into it as the views were distant but and the wait sometimes were very long. I gave it 30 mins and jammed in. My bird of the trip was a very high flying adult Whit-winged Black Tern that headed west over Cley at 7.05am on the7th. It wasn't hanging about and as normal on the 3 times I visited the reserve there were very few people around and none in view when the bird flew through. In the early morning sun the contrast of black and white underparts, silvery white upper fonore-wings that again looked stunning against the black head and breast on a downward wing beat. It was a shame that at a distance of over half the length of the east bank my camera wouldn't focus on it. 

Below are some of my best or most interesting photos from Norfolk

Black-tailed Godwit's come in off the North Sea at Cley

Sun rising over Daukes Hide

Early morning looking across Pat's Pool from Bishops Hide and below looking from Teal Hide towards Bishops Hide

Green Sandpiper

Green Sandpiper and Common Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper

Little-ringed Plover

Common Snipe




Common Redshank

Spotted Redshank

Water Rail

Yellow-legged Gull and below a surprise incomer was followed a short time later his mum landed outside Avocet Hide.

Happisburgh Lighthouse

Eccles Beach looking north

Eccles beach looking south

Fulmars used to be seen regularly along this coast, breeding near Happisburgh, I don't see them much nowadays

Little Tern

Gulls were tempted by this shoal of fish but I didn't see one taken




World of Animals, Inc said...

This wildlife is absolutely amazing. I love the different array of species that you were able to capture in your photos. Thanks for the share, hope you had a fantastic weekend. Keep up the posts.

World of Animals

Tony Duckett said...

Thanks for the kind remarks, that is the great thing about the North Norfolk Coast lots of species and good bird reserves.