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24th June 2018 – Walberswick National Nature Reserve

A very early morning walk at 5.30 am (well if I wanted to watch England play in the World Cup at 1 pm I had to make an effort) was well rewarded especially with my first Common Ringed Plover of the year. (The football was pretty amazing too)

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Only minutes in to my walk and I spotted a muntjac deer in amongst the cereal crops.

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On the marshes there were lots of reed buntings and sedge warblers (not so easy to photograph) and a single skylark and a solitary pied wagtail. A couple of swifts soared the reed beds too.

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Swift

DSC09217Pied wagtail (or is it a white wagtail?)

I saw only two Common Ringed Plover – but what a joy.

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In the pools there were little egrets, avocets, black-headed gulls and oystercatchers but really a bit too far off for photos.

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DSC09474A meadow pipit (?) believing it was a ringed plover.

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There were not too many people around but evidence that someone had been clearing up plastic waste.

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There were some amazing vegetation on the beach too.

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The crops also looked great (even though the farmers must be complaining about the weather).

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The insects were happy too.

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Click below for a gallery of photos from this morning’s walk (apologies for so many ringed plover photographs.:

 

 

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23rd June 2018 – RSPB Strumpshaw Fen

As we moved from Norfolk to Suffolk on our East Anglia holiday we decided to visit RSPB Strumpshaw Fen which is on the River Yare in Norfolk, around six miles east of Norwich. The new road system around Norwich totally flummoxed our GPS system in the car and our journey took a little longer than expected.

The reserve has a full range of broadland habitats and wildlife and is a  pleasant walk round reedbeds, woodlands and orchid-rich meadows. One of the main reasons for visiting was to see the swallowtail butterfly. I achieved that within seconds of getting out of the car and was full of anticipation but once I got my camera out of the bag no other opportunity presented itself.

Nonetheless I did have lots of other photographic opportunities including (appropriately) the Norfolk Hawker, lots of fenland plants and, the highlight for me, a juvenile muntjac deer.

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FP5A9005Beautiful demoiselle

FP5A8972Marsh harrier

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FP5A8950Black-headed gulls, chicks and eggs

Lots of wonderful fenland plants

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Lots of butterflies too

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FP5A8911Grey heron

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The encounter of the muntjac deer.

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Click below for gallery of photos from today: