Garth Peacock
Cley Marshes NWT Norfolk

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Colin

Friday 20th May 2022

A more interesting week.

Monday 16th May 2022

Not much to report

Monday 2nd May 2022

Frampton Marsh RSPB - again

Wednesday 20th April 2022

Cley Marshes NWT Norfolk

Thursday 31st March 2022

A trip to the Brecks

Tuesday 15th March 2022

A lifer

Monday 28th February 2022

Back to the Norfolk coast

Friday 18th February 2022

West Suffolk for a change

Thursday 17th February 2022

Failure followed by success.

Saturday 5th February 2022

What a week for good weather.

Saturday 22nd January 2022

The beginning of a new year

Friday 14th January 2022

Final post for 2021

Friday 31st December 2021

Lakenheath Fen RSPB Suffolk

Monday 13th December 2021

Still testing the Canon R5

Monday 6th December 2021

Nothing to report

Tuesday 30th November 2021

Further testing of the Canon R5

Monday 8th November 2021

Test driving the Canon R5

Wednesday 3rd November 2021

No photos

Sunday 24th October 2021

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Thursday 31st March 2022

It has been some time since I last visited Cley Marshes - no particular reason - just didn't get round to it. The reason for this visit on 24th March was that several Garganey had been reported there. Migratory ducks, usually not that common, but there has been a larger than usual influx from Africa this year.

There was a pair with the local Teal on the island outside Billy's Hide but they were asleep and stayed there for most of the morning - remeniscent of the Black-tailed Lapwing a couple of weeks ago. Occasional appearance but that was it until later.

While wating for something to happen there were other species to tempt me to excercise the trigger finger - Shoveler

female Teal after a bath

a few Black-tailed Godwits.

and a Little Grebe resplendant in it's breeding plumage.

A male Pied Wagtail showed well, singing

and catching lunch.

Finally the Garganey moved to bathe but rather distant. Took loads of photos but nothing like I wanted.

Had lunch - treated ourselves to a bacon bap from the cafe and some kind birder pointed us in the direction of the small car park where a pair of Garganey were much closer and provided the opportunity for the photos I was after, both male and female

and the opportunity for some flight shots too.

Taking the coast road westwards and homewards, we called in the various harbours with nothing really of note except for an Oystercatcher at Thornham conveniently posing.

Quite the reverse of the previous outing. This time the morning was fruitful and the afternoon a waste of time - the previous trip the morning was a waste of time and the afternoon worth the trip. One of these days, both morning and afternoon may combine to make a cracking days photography.