Archive for the 'norfolk birds' Category

23
Jul
17

Fledged

It was such a din was coming from the reedy ditch we were walking alongside.

We were on a days birding tour out on the marshes last week. The reed stems were quaking and shimmying from where the noise was emanating. It didn’t take long for us to see the perpetrators of our broken peace. A newly fledged nest of Reed Warblers were still squabbling for their parents attentions.

 

26
Jun
17

Close up and Personal

This Broad bodied Chaser was hung up drying after it had emerged the other day. Find these insects so fascinating.

23
May
17

Martins in the Morning

The wind was quite strong and on looking at the Sand Martins over the cliff they were hanging in the air. Well … hanging as much as Sand Martins do. I thought they would make an ideal subject for a bit of flight photography. One of the advantages we have here in Norfolk that as we look out to sea the sun is always over our shoulder. Not only ideal for sea watching but also great for photographers.

 

14
May
17

Twinned

The report of a Wood Warbler in Norfolk is always refreshing. We don’t often get them here but they are annual on their migration north. I was leading a ‘birds by song’ workshop for the NWT when one turned up on Saturday. We did call and have a brief look around but given it was silent didn’t place too much effort into seeing it. Besides it was a pig to see and even worse to photograph. I did however go back in the afternoon after the workshop and have another quick look for it. The event of lunch had not made it any easier; always at the back of bushes and never really showing well.

The Pied Flycatcher at nearby Granborough Hill that turned up late afternoon was only marginally better to photograph; by the time friend John and I got to it … the best of the light had more or less gone.

10
May
17

On Fire

On tour the other week this was one of two male Firecrests competing against one another singing their heads off. On another tour in the same week we even had them coming to drink. Stunning birds.

06
May
17

Welcome Back

As we waited for a very elusive Savi’s Warbler the other day this Common Tern came to fish in the ditch close to where we were standing. A welcome sight. Good to see them back.

03
May
17

Cold

it’s been a few years since we had such a cold spring. Hail, cold rain and cloudy skies predominated at the end of last month. Unusual conditions determines unusual behaviour.  I saw this swallow scrating about in a recently seeded field trying to find a few insects to eat.




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