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A week in pictures

Tuesday 8th September 2020

The last few days of August

Thursday 3rd September 2020

Recognition at last!!!

Wednesday 19th August 2020

The last couple of weeks

Monday 27th July 2020

A disappointing day.

Monday 6th July 2020

Another week goes by!!!

Monday 1st June 2020

Lockdown continues.

Saturday 16th May 2020

April lockdown

Thursday 30th April 2020

Local bird photography

Monday 20th April 2020

House-bound!!!

Friday 3rd April 2020

Could be the last one for a while.

Wednesday 18th March 2020

We are into March already

Monday 9th March 2020

Wednesday 12th February 2020

Thursday 20th February 2020

Slimbridge WWT Gloucestershire

Wednesday 19th February 2020

To end January 2020...

Thursday 30th January 2020

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Tuesday 6th October 2015

It has taken me a while to process my recent images. The weather over the last week or so has been good so I have spent my time out in the field rather than on the computer. Now is the time to begin catching up.

Friday 25th September started off as a strange day. I had an appointment in Cambridge at replica watches uk 10.00am but is was cancelled at the last minute so, with very little locally to excite the senses, I decided on a quick dash to Norfolk. Starting off at the usual place, Thornham Marsh, I was surprised to see the harbour virtually devoid of water (very low tide) and no birds. With lunchtime rapidly approcahing, I drove to Brancaster Staithe for lunch in the car.

Parking up at the far end of the harbour car park, the only birds around were the usual Turnstones.

I was watching one walking around close in when my attention was taken briefly by a fly-by Sparrowhawk. Looking back for the Turnstone, it has disappeared. Certain it had not flown, I finally located it just a few yards from the car, 'hiding in plain site'. An excercise in camouflage.

I then noticed a pool with a Black-headed Gull bathing - couldn't resist a photo

and then joined by a Common Gull

which also spent some time bathing and then left.

Shorlty afterwards, a Great Black-backed-Gull also decided to bathe, this time arrogantly ambling in across the mud - well, if you are as big as that, you can afford to be arrogant.

After a very interesting hour, albeit with common species, I moved to Titchwell RSPB. rolex replica The water levels on the fresh marsh were very low and such a distance from the hide to make photographing small waders impossible - if there had been any.

Walking towards the beach, area, a Greenshank was feeding close in on the brackish marsh

with the majority of waders on the salt marsh. A Redshank bathing

A Bar-tailed Godwit looking very bored with life

and a Grey Plover feeding

With nothing on the beach, I retraced my steps and started to watch a couple of Black-tailed Godwits apparently sizing each other up.

and then a real fight started and continued on-and-off for 15/20 minutes

with the final 'coup-de-grace' ending the confrontation. Fascinating to see.

I couldn't resist a Little Egret feeding on the brackish marsh and looking good in the late afternoon sun.

So an unexpected day - better than I could have hoped for.

Lots more images in the Recent Additions section.