Monday, 28 May 2012
Broadland Wildlife Photo Special!
No doubt there were birds to be found on the coast this weekend just gone, but as the drive out and a hike in the heat didn't appeal, I stuck to some local sites in the hope of some good birds.
Ranworth Broad Friday night, a sunset Cormac McCarthy would have been proud of. No sign last week's reported Night Heron, but as sunset arrived I had the place to myself and enjoyed the comings and goings of large numbers of Common terns (50+), the odd Marsh Harrier, Kingfisher and a moment of panic in the water which was probably the back end of an Otter having nabbed a Grebe chick for supper.
Saturday, and a trip to the patch. Finally heard a Garden Warbler, two infact, but did not get to observe either, typical for this species. Two Marsh Harrier flew towards Wood's End and a Kestrel hunted the marsh. Not the Red-footed Falcon I had been hoping for. Turning my attention to Damselflies, I recorded both Large Red and a blue species, views not good enough to separate Common Blue and Azure. My favourite though was a female Banded Demoiselle, very nice. A small emergance of Holly Blue Butterflies had perhaps taken place, three seen here and one back in Norwich!
Sunday and a visit to Barton Broad and my first Dragonfly species of the year: 2 Hairy, fighting or mating, not sure there. 3 male Brimstone, 3 Male Orange Tip and a Holly Blue all in the carpark. Little on the Broad itself, worryingly Tern numbers seem very low this year.
Did have this chap last Thursday, what a beauty.