With an early visit to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust’s reserve at Slimbridge we missed the Bank Holiday crowds and traffic. With the extended period of dry weather much of the wetlands were very dry but there was plenty enough to keep us occupied throughout the morning.
The highlights were ruff, greenshank, common and spotted redshank, avocet, lapwings and black-tailed godwits. We were so surprised by the dry conditions towards the estuary that we completely missed the common cranes which everyone else managed to see!
Slideshow of this morning’s photos
We made an early visit to see some very rare (for this country) European bee eaters at Trimingham, near Cromer in Norfolk. The forecast was good but it was very dismal when we arrived at 7:30 a.m.
European bee eaters
I managed to get some shots in poor light and had to make do with that because by 9:00 a.m rain set in. So much for modern weather forecasting!
Bee eater with breakfast
Bee eater with goldfinches
Bee eater with linnet
Bee eater with starlings
You can read all about these bee eaters on the
RSPB web page and even see some decent photos of them.
: Slideshow of this morning’s photos
More amazing birds again today in Norfolk, this time at Cley Marshes.
The rarest, and a first for me, was a spotted crake. The most spectacular were the spoonbills but I loved seeing all the different waders.
Slideshow only today as I clearly need to do some more work on my ID of a few of these.
Lovely to be back in Norfolk (and seeing some birds again!).
A few photos from RSPB Titchwell Marsh where we stopped near the end of our long hot journey from Bristol.
The RSPB’s motif – an avocet
One of my favourite birds – a common ringed plover
Sleeping ruff and a more active lapwing
The iridescent colours of the lapwing are stunning
A reed bunting catching the sun in the reeds
Black-tailed godwit not quite in full splendour
Greylag geese in flight
A Red Admiral representing the butterflies
Slideshow of my photos from this afternoon:
The sun brought out the damselflies, dragonflies and butterflies at Duchess Pond in Stoke Park this morning. A few birds too. Too hot to hang around though.
Brimstone on the way home
Red eyed damselfly
Chiffchaff (I think)
Slideshow of my photos from this morning