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Goldcrest & Jay

 

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The goldcrest is Britain’s smallest resident bird.  I have often seen them in my garden but have never managed to capture an image before.  Because of their tiny size they have to constantly feed, flitting through the foliage looking for insects they rarely stop moving.  I saw this one and by ‘pishing’ managed to get it to investigate me for a few seconds so I could get a couple of shots. Had to use a high iso due to lighting and get a fast shutter speed.

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Jay on the lawn

One of the largest visitors to the garden is the jay.  A very handsome member of the crow family.  These are very wary birds, I noticed this one through the kitchen window on the lawn.  It was probing around and pulling up moss, they have a habit of burying acorns maybe it was looking for it’s cache.  I took this shot through the double glazing.

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Felbrigg Birdlife

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Pair of gadwall on the lake

17.11.17  The first real frost of the autumn but it promised to be a sunny day with light wind.  Nice to get out with the camera.  Went to Felbrigg Hall NT to see if I could get some images of the birdlife.  The park was beautiful with autumnal colour, I took the path to the lake, on a flooded meadow many teal were milling around just too distant for decent shots, shame as their colours really shone in the bright sun.

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Little egret

In a corner of the lake perched in a bush was a little egret.  It had a nice sunny spot and spent it’s time preening.  I had the smallest of gaps in the foliage to get an image.

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Wren in the reeds

On the lake were several pairs of gadwall.  These are very smart ducks and at this time of the year in full breeding plumage.  Noticed a wren in the reedbed and with a lot of patience got a shot of it in the open.

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Poser!

There is always a robin around to pose for photographs this was in the west garden.  Saw a hawfinch but it was far too distant even for a record shot.  There has been a few around the Hall this past week, part of a major irruption from the Continent.

Stonechat Sunday

DSC_0033b15.10.17   Made the most of a lovely warm October Sunday.  Drove around the coast stopping at a couple of places.  It’s been a long time since I last visited Kelling Water Meadows, today it was very popular, lots of birders out scanning the pool for waders, a red necked phalarope has been present most of the week but not today.

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Sunday lunch, female stonechat with a caterpillar

A peregrine falcon flew over as we walked the lane sending the birds into a frenzy, they soon settled and I picked out a couple of juvenile curlew sandpipers in the near margins.

The birds that caught my eye were the stonechats.  There was at least three and they were busy hunting insects in the meadows towards the shingle bank.  By keeping still they would often come quite close allowing for some reasonable images.DSC_0039bDSC_0048b

National Drag Racing Finals 2017

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Niel Midgley Cannon Motorsport Top Fuel bike warms the rubber

Sunday 24th September 2017.  The National Finals at Santa Pod Raceway.  A great day out with some super racing.  For lots more images and report click on HOME page on the right hand bar and select the portfolio.

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Chaos Brothers model T altered driven by Robin Orthodoxou
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Top Fuel dragster licencing run for Kevin Chapman

Titchwell Waders

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Avocet, an elegant wader

22.8.17  Late summer is a good time for observing waders in Norfolk.  Birds that breed in the north are starting to head south and stop over to re-fuel on our coast and wetlands joining those that are resident.  Titchwell RSPB on the North Norfolk coast is a good place to visit to see these birds.  So Victoria and I decided to spend a couple of hours there this afternoon.

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Black tailed godwit

It was a warm day with a light  easterly but quite overcast.  There is a fine range of habitat at this reserve, today most of the waders were on the freshmarsh.  Luckily some were close to the footpath making photography a bit easier.  They tend to get used to people walking past though today not too many bird watchers were present.  A good mix on view avocet, ruff, redshank, black tailed godwit, dunlin, lapwing and many golden plover.  If I had brought my ‘scope perhaps I could have picked out a sandpiper or stint.

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Turnstone on the beach

The tide was well out and this reveals a rich feeding area.   Today oystercatchers and turnstones were enjoying the feast.

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Ruff having a stretch

Most of the waders have lost their bright breeding plumage by now, especially the ruff which look like a completely different species to the splendid birds of spring.

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Dunlin

The diminutive dunlin were still fairly bright but the black belly patch has gone, soon they will be mostly grey.  These are one of my favorite waders, always on the go looking for a meal.

 

Suffolk’s Brown Hairstreaks

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Brown hairstreak and friend

11th August 2017.  Warm and sunny so went to visit a new site, Piper’s Vale in Ipswich Suffolk.  There is a small population of Brown Hairstreaks here.  Click on the HOME page and see portfolio ‘Pipers Vale Brown Hairstreaks’ for many more images.

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Clouded yellow, several seen
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Pretty as a picture