Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Friday, 11 October 2013

Cley Next The Sea - 9th October 2013

Brent Geese

Cley is either very, very good.........or it is horrid! Well, its not really horrid but today was "challenging". The birds chose to remain far to distant for my camera lens. The day started at coastguards looking out to sea, but alas passing birds were too distant even for my scope. A trip to the north hide gave reasonable views of Golden Plover in eye field, but views from the hide were into very bright sunlight and impossible to make anything out!

Golden Plover



Returning to the car, where Heather was making cross stitch cards, and we headed to the visitor centre for a coffee. Met Karl S here and we had coffee before checking out the bishop hide. Here, a Wheatear obligingly posed but spent most of its time sheltering from the "fresh" blow.

Wheatear






From bishop hide, we walked to Walsey Hills (NOA) in the hope of Firecrest but.......................none had been seen today! Karl headed back to his bike and heather to the car, leaving me to walk the east bank. Arriving at arnolds marsh, I was just getting on to the distant waders, when a Peregrine spooked everything over towards north hide! I could not locate anything out on the sea, so took a few images of a Little Egret, sensibly sheltering from the blow.

Little Egret



Returning along east bank, the "pings" of Bearded Tits were heard, but only one male gave me a brief flight view. A very nice lunch at the NWT visitor centre preceded a walk to the central three hides. Again very little close in, so this Moorhen was my only image!

Moorhen





A visit to Salthouse only produced increasing wind strength and a very prolonged, heavy rain squall! It was time to head back to Hunstanton.

Before leaving Hunstanton for home (10th October), I braved the strong winds standing in a cliff top shelter but was rewarded with Great Skua, Arctic Skua and Manx Shearwater.

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