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Thursday, April 04, 2019

Norfolk at the end of March

The last days of March in Norfolk.

We had a lovely weather from Friday afternoon through to our return on Sunday afternoon. There was little evidence of spring migration on the go with the only passerines I saw and hear being Chiffchaff and Blackcap. 

Below are some of my better images taken during the weekend.


The light when I reached Cley NWT was superb so I made the most of it.



Black-tailed Godwits and Avocets take to the air





Avocets




Lapwing 




Coot doing what Coots do best



Shoveler head down


Marsh Harrier


Little-ringed Plover


 Lapwing, Ruff and Little-ringed Plover



Dunlin, Ruff, and Redshank



Skylark



Meadow Pipit

Kelling Heath was a stop off on the way to east Norfolk and a few beers.


Dartford Warbler 






Stonechat pair



This Woodlark dropped down and started singing from an isolated tree with me only 15 metres away. I think the birds here are used to people as there is a caravan park close by.







Common Buzzard



Marsh Harrier (above) and Sparrowhawk (below) taken on a productive afternoons stroll at Hickling NWT reserve



Great White Egret











Bittern emerges from the reeds









My only visit to Potter Heigham Marshes wasn't that productive as it was around dawn and it was misty. It was still worthwhile as it is such a tranquil place at that time of the day.





This is Happisburgh Beach where the local council decided 30 years ago not to repair the sea defence and let nature take its course








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