Posts Tagged ‘Norfolk

14
Jul
20

Purple photo-bomb

When Tania found this purple Emperor she was photo-bombed by her smaller brother.

06
Jul
20

Southward bound

A big movement of Swift South the other day. Marvellous birds.

03
Jul
20

Not for Human Eyes

High in the canopy, on sunny days in early July, there is a dance taking place. A dance of love. A swirling ballet of courtship.

Like all dancers, even these tiny 15mm ones, they must sustain themselves. So down the dark little waifs fall with their straws to sip at the bramble bar. Replenishing spent energy for the next performance. As they do so their livery becomes apparent. Not meant for human eyes, daintily embroidered colours transfix us, stripy stockings, sulphur dipped antennas and small tails edged in frosty copper; finished with stitched chalked lines.

Even when nectaring these dancers still pirouette like music box ballerinas. Evolution can be mind bogglingly beautiful.

01
Jul
20

Feeding and Fledging

Feeding and fledging at its height now. Skylark on the cliff-top and Jackdaw in the village pub garden here in West Runton.

25
Jun
20

Fen Mason Wasps

A good year for Fen Mason Wasps. I photographed these a few weeks ago before they had started to build their distinctive ‘nests’. Perhaps I’ll go back a little later and photograph the burrows.

23
Jun
20

Invader

The only place in Norfolk I know of where this Hottentot Fig is growing in the wild. Great care is needed here. We could end up with acres of this introduced alien along the cliffs if this patch isn’t uprooted. It would only take a winter storm to spread this far and wide. There are orchids a plenty along the cliffs here that will be smothered if this happens. You only have to look at Winterton South Dunes to realise what a detrimental difference quick growers like ‘Russian Vine’ can make.

21
Jun
20

Sly guy

We’ve been seeing more foxes locally since lockdown. This one was stalking blackbirds along the field edge … but they were having nothing of it.

18
Jun
20

A buzz seeing orchids

Looking for Bee Orchids this month didn’t go well. I searched a couple of the usual spots locally, without any luck. I didn’t want to travel far given travel is still ‘essential-only’ but I wanted to show Tania these marvelous little creations. Good friend Tony, my best man when Tania and I married, is my orchid go-to reference. He had found a few spikes just down the road so following his excellent directions we came across a dozen or so spikes. Searching the cliff face we also found a few more too. One even being visited by a bee!

15
Jun
20

Reedbed Warbler

Waiting for Swallowtails something slunked into view at our feet. It took me a moment to place it. It just wasn’t immediate. It took a couple of seconds. A warbler deep inside a reedbed in June should be one of just a few species. This wasn’t one of them. It was out of context. God only knows what a Chiffchaff was doing trundling about around the foot of reeds but anyways it was. We watched it for a while before it slunk away as silently as it arrived.

 

11
Jun
20

Invaders from the East

As we entered June a series of invaders flew from the East. Birds we wouldn’t see as a norm started invading British Airspace.

The first was a wave of Rose Coloured Starlings. No ordinary starlings these, but starlings bedecked in Librace styled dinner suits of pink and velvet black. As I write this one has just moved through the fields between me and the cliffline 400m to the North. Bedecked in a Elton John styled headdress these spring adult males are worth sparing a wary eye on your bird feeders.

The second wave of Asian explorers are Blyth’s Reed Warblers. These are birds coming up from India that would normally summer in North East Europe. A smattering of birds down the East coast of the UK were augmented by several local birds. One a shy bird overwhelmingly favouring sound than sight, as it sang from deep within bramble bushes on Beeston Bump proved very elusive. Another at the relatively new NWT reserve of Pigney’s Wood at North Walsham was more forthcoming. It performed admirably for a small number of bird watchers within a stand of bamboo and Willow. It sang its heart out to all that would listen and more importantly … showed well as it did so.




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