19
Sep
20

Rooster

When doing a photography Tour we came across this completely camouflaged little Dunlin on the beach. Sat with another three or four of his mates he was keeping a beady eye on me while he roosted.

19
Sep
20

EXPLOITATION

THIS HAS TO STOP. A couple of days on a 10 mile stretch of the Yorkshire coast gave an indication of the fish stocks offshore; Red throated Divers in their hundreds; one flock alone of 50 flew past us. Bottlenose Dolphins, a good sized pod of Harbour Porpoise and 10 Minke Whales feeding offshore. Crab pots littered about the sea in their hundreds (we counted 260 from one viewpoint alone) and the ominous shape of Supertrawlers. A fleet of them offshore. All, beasts and man, sharing the same bounty from the ocean.
The one dead Minke Whale pictured (you can see the diagnostic white band on the pectoral fin) was close in shore. We saw three dead whales in that ten mile stretch. It may have died AND THEN become wrapped in pot lines, it MAY have been bycatch from the super trawler nets. I don’t know and neither do you; but three dead whales in such a small area is GREAT CAUSE FOR CONCERN. We should be sharing the oceans NOT EXPLOITING THEM!
15
Sep
20

Nice Treat

Always a nice treat in Norfolk. We don’t have many fast flowing rivers so Grey Wagtails aren’t prolific here. We saw this one in failing light the other day.

 

12
Sep
20

When is a Curlew not a Curlew

We took a group of Birders down through South Norfolk the other week; they wanted to see Stone Curlews which are starting to gather in large pre-migratory groups. The maximum we counted in one flock was around 37 although I heard someone else had around 60. Maybe they ought to give their binoculars a tap. They usually hang around until the beginning of November before drifting off South although they may hang around longer or even over-winter if the weather is mild, The maximum sized flock I’ve ever had in Norfolk was 110.

09
Sep
20

Prickly Subject

One animal that hardly ever turns up on tours is the Hedgehog. I’ve only ever once found one other whilst on tour in the last 13 years I’ve been running the business. Hardly surprising really given their nocturnal habits and the massive decline the species has endured in the last 25 years. However, we were on a photography tour this week and I spotted one shuffling his way in some grass away to our right. He made a fitting subject. We were quite careful not to approach too closely. He never rolled up into a ball and continued sniffing at everything on his way home.

 

02
Sep
20

Bleached

We were stood watching a duck that supposedly has a lot of Whistling Duck in it as it swam around Snipes Marsh last week when Steve stopped to pass on a message. He told us the ‘White Heron’ seen around Cley of late was sat in the field at Babcock Hide. I’d wanted to see this individual since it had been initially seen some weeks earlier. Photos of it looked odd. A short trip to the field in question only took two minutes and as we watched it a goose pushed it off the marsh and into the air.

I have to admit it took me a while to eliminate Great White Egret. Structure and leg colour was not right for that species but at a cursory glance its true identity  probably would have passed me by. In any case I don’t think I would have put it down as a leucistic Grey Heron.

29
Aug
20

Rosel’s

Named after a German entomologist the Rosel’s Bush-Cricket  was first recorded in Norfolk in 1997.  On a tour the week before last we came across an area of plastic sheeting, warmed by the sun, that turned out to be a hotbed both for Rosel’s and their nemesis … viviparous lizards!

24
Aug
20

The Bluest of Blues

Think of the Bluest sky you’ve ever seen. Think of the bluest sea you’ve swam in. That’s the intensity of the colour of the Adonis Blue Butterfly. Vibrant.

We took a trip across the county border to see these flying jewels recently. Even in the strong winds we found sheltered spots where they were nectaring. Plenty of Brown Argos and Small Heath’s too. A great day out.

Book your place on a day trip to see these beauties next year on Saturday 21st August 2021. Full details here.

21
Aug
20

In the Pink

Pink phase Meadow Grasshopper. Exactly why a species vulnerable to predation should have a ‘pink phase’ is beyond me!

18
Aug
20

The Best British Butterfly … Probably

Arguably the smartest British Butterfly is the Silver Spotted Skipper. Why? Well firstly its identify is beyond doubt when seen; its livery is as distinctive as they come. It is beautiful. It’s a diminutive butterfly full of character; tempting the photographer low to the ground and then before the shutter can be released they skip away in erratic flight. You can almost hear them laugh.

Supposedly a grassland species we saw swarms flying high into Blackthorn bushes this week. What’s all that about?

Come along and join us on a new tour to see these delightful little characters next year on the 12th August. See here https://www.wildlifetoursandeducation.co.uk/tours/special-day-tours/

 




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