On day 4 we met up with our friends Tony and Jean for an anti-clockwise walk around Cley Marshes.
At least the sun shone for most of our walk although again there was no protection from the strong north-easterly wind except for when we dived into two of the hides to view the usual ducks but very few waders.
Male Marsh Harrier.(Circus aeruginosus)
Black-headed Gull. (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Distant shot of a male Bearded (Tit) Reedling. (Panurus biarmicus)
Happy family of Mute Swans.
I need more shade Mummy!
Common Tern. (Sterna hirundo)
Barn Swallow(Hirundo rustica) taking a brief rest from catching insects.
No apologies for posting another (Pied) Avocet. (Recurvirostra avosetta)
Painted Lady. (Vanessa cardui) looking a little worn.
After a late lunch [I had a baked tatty with cheese and a mixed salad] in the eco-friendly Information Centre we headed off to to CleySpy in Glandford for some retail therapy. Tony wanted to look for a new harness for his bins but we both ended up buying a new hat to shade us from the sun....or the rain!
Anita and I took a short walk through the model village, built by Sir Alfred Jodrell a century ago, admiring the reddish-pink waves of Valerian; the buildings including the Shell Museum, (regretfully closed) built using local Norfolk red brick and flint with Flemish gables.We then headed down to the River Glaven, overlooked by the watermill (built in 1907), and then onto the water meadows.....
......where I finally got a chance to capture a resting male Orange Tip(Anthocharis cardamines).....FAB.