Friday, 6 July 2012

Weather Break

Friday July 6
After watching Murray win the first set and realising that the sun was out, after a very rainy morning, we went to Cley. This was a favourite Friday evening trip during our working days. Calming and relaxing - it still is.
One other birder/photographer shared Daukes with us, the scrapes looked lovely in the warm, golden evening light. A Reed Warbler sang outside the hide, its family flitting about the bushes. A good variety of birds on the two scrapes visible. Two Green, one Wood Sandpiper, one Little Ringed Plover and three young Pied Wagtails on Pat's Pool. I attempted some digiscoping on the birds which are always distant at Cley.

A very distant and heavily cropped Wood Sandpiper
Daukes held a mass of Avocet, good to see a fair number of young birds amongst them, there's always a lot of predation on this open expanse.

Young Avocet

Two Common Sandpipers pottered about on the nearest island, eight Ruff and three Redshank on the most distant. 

Common Sandpiper
 We also added Wigeon, Teal, Gadwall and a Pintail to the wildfowl month list. 
Young Shelduck are so charming; I thoroughly enjoyed watching them busily dabbling about, ever watchful parents in attendance. The youngsters looked as though they belonged in an impressionist painting, the adult's sharp colouration a good contrast.

Shelduck and a few of the young
Two Marsh Harriers drifted around, two Grey Herons caused a flurry of chaos and a Lesser Black-backed gull flew in - as did a pair of Sandwich Terns. The 14 Spoonbills seen earlier until spooked by a plane, did not re-appear from distant reeds, we left for Beach Road - just in case........
As soon as we arrived in the car park, a single Spoonbill rose from the vicinity of North Hide and flew west towards Holkham. The end of a beautiful late birding session - and Murray beat Tsonga to meet Federer in the final on Sunday. Will he do it?

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