Readers’ wildlife photos

We have some photos today from a new contributor, A. W. Savage, whose notes are indented:

The first three pictures come from Cley Marshes on the north Norfolk coast, part of a chain of nature reserves which together make up the longest continuous stretch of protected coastline in Europe. The first image shows a view across one of the pools on the marsh, which are a mixture of fresh and salt-water lagoons, all surrounded by reed beds. Norfolk reed is still the finest material for making and repairing thatched roofs.

Focusing in on part of the group of birds from the previous image. Mostly Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta),  with a single Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) and two, badly visible Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica) asleep to its right.

Finally, a Northern Lapwing(Vanellus vanellus) in full breeding plumage. This is an excellent example of a “dull, black and white bird”, which, when caught in the right light, shows it is anything but dull. Lapwings breed all along the coast here, though their eggs are often predated by gulls, foxes, weasels and the like.

The final three photos were all taken in my garden. The first shows a pair of Eurasian Siskin(Spinus spinus), female in front and male behind; the second shows a female Siskin sitting in a Hawthorn tree.

Finally, a shot I could not resist. A European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) with a large worm! The lower two-thirds of the worm is blurred, since it was swinging about wildly, whether fighting back or simply blowing in the wind.

9 Comments

  1. Frank Bath
    Posted May 24, 2018 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    Good shots of siskin, lapwing and avocets. The robin redbreast has to be Britain’s favourite bird. Beloved of xmas cards they will come right up to you. Last Summer I had to walk round one because it was so busy eating flying ants as they emerged it wasn’t going to move.

  2. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted May 24, 2018 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    Beautiful!

  3. Paul Doerder
    Posted May 24, 2018 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    Nice to see a collection of European birds, especially the lapwing.

  4. Dominic
    Posted May 24, 2018 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    I watched a lapwing flying around by Felbrigg Hall (near Cromer, North Norfolk) on Saturday – they look & sound so strange when they fly, with splayed wings. The name ‘peewit’ refers to their call & the wings make that buzzing sound that I suppose is caused by the splayed feathers. They were so common following ploughing with gulls in large flocks, when I was a child in the 60s & 70s, now they are far far rarer.

  5. Christopher
    Posted May 24, 2018 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    I love to see birds I’m not very familiar with. That lapwing is particularly lovely.

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted May 24, 2018 at 10:57 am | Permalink

      Yes, love the lapwing especially.

  6. Paul King
    Posted May 24, 2018 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    Cley marshes is indeed a wonderful site, and a good place to see Marsh Harriers. At the right time of year you might catch them making a food pass.

  7. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted May 24, 2018 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    Nice photos! Thank you for sharing.

  8. Wayne Y Hoskisson
    Posted May 24, 2018 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    There are two male siskins in the fourth photo. The colors are different from the pine siskin (Carduelis pinus) I have seen. The Eurasian siskin looks like it has more yellow and a green tint absent in pine siskin.
    The lapwing is stunning.


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