Posts Tagged ‘Norfolk

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.

 

09
Jun
17

So Blue

This Holly Blue Butterfly was resting in the borders at Falcon Cottage the other day. I couldn’t resist taking a photo of it. Butterflies are such miracles it’s difficult to perceive they can fly let alone look so beautiful.

03
Jun
17

Off the wall

Among the orchids we saw in Lancashire were these two beauties. Twyblade and Fly Orchid. The latter took some finding but keen eager eyes sought them out.

29
May
17

Small packages and good things

A visit to North Lancashire, the red rose county, saw us looking at some unimaginably beautiful orchids. Among them were Lady’s Slippers. Good things come in small packages.

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.

 

20
May
17

Polecats

There’s an interesting write up in last years Bird and mammal report by Richard Moores. Polecats have only recently made it into Norfolk but sightings continue to be made apace. Two were recovered as road kills at the beginning of this month south of Roughton on the A140. Both found on separate days; the first a female, the second a male.

The problem of sorting Polecats from Ferret/Polecat hybrids continues. I inspected the male and found it to be pure Polecat; or at least as pure as an external examination can conclude. The paws were all dark, the dark face mark came down to the nose, no paleness on the breast, a contrasting face patch and although the pelage was quite pale (probably still in its winter coat) there were no pale guard hairs.

A shame both animals had to die but it does show the species has a foothold here.

17
May
17

Minotaur

On tour last week I was surprised to see a Minotaur Beetle crossing our path up on the Heath. Normally only active at night these are quite impressive insects with three horns emerging from the pronotum. Not having my macro lens with me I had to photograph it with the 100 to 400mm lens I had fitted. With a little readjustment it more or less gave a decent result.




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