Posts Tagged ‘Wildlife sightings

12
Sep
13

Breeding Ospreys in Norfolk?

As Bob and I entered the empty hide and sat down I immediately saw a large raptor perched in a tall dead tree on the opposite bank.

“It’s here” I announced.

No sooner had I said the words the Osprey left the branch and dived feet first into the broad. It missed the fish. Pulling itself back into the air, it shook itself free of water and headed directly for us. The ducks, that to that point had been quietly dabbling away, scattered to all corners of the reserve. The magnificent raptor banked, attempted to land in a tree far too thin to hold its weight and then flew off over the river. We didn’t see it again.

To my knowledge Osprey has surprisingly never bred in the broads. With at least two to three birds in the county this summer, including the female we saw, Norfolk can’t be far off having its first breeding pair. Next year perhaps?

Osprey 1

Osprey 2

10
Sep
12

Norfolk Cetaceans

I have started a new website to record cetaceans seen in Norfolk. Appropriately it’s called ‘Norfolk Cetaceans’ and can be found at http://norfolkcetaceans.wordpress.com/

The idea is that it is a one stop shop for anyone wanting to know about Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises seen around Norfolk. Help with Identification and Strandings as well as historical and recent sightings are included. I hope if you see any cetaceans you will let me know. The records are passed onto both the County Mammal recorder and the Seawatch Foundation.

Hopefully we’ll see some great creatures of the deep in Norfolk in the future but in the meantime here’s a picture of something you don’t seen often in Norfolk or anywhere else – a Fin Whale doing a roll and showing its pectoral fin in the St Lawrence last week.




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