Monday, 28 June 2010

Norfolk Review (Part 3) - Cley Marshes

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.


  1. Wow for sure you enjoyed this walk!!! Wow how cool it looks from your pictures and no need to apologize for the avocet shot.. This is a so cute bird!!! Well done on the orange tip ;-)

  2. All of your images are always so wonderful. Those baby swans brought a great big "awwwwwww." :)

  3. Great shots, Frank! I really like the little cygnet stretching up. And just like Chris, I don't think you can have too many avocet pics.


  4. Wonderful day of birding. Great photos! I love the family of swans. And the Avocet is just lovely!

  5. Great post Frank and super pics, like the Male Marsh Harrier and the Cygnet looking to get under the wing.

  6. It must be good to even see a Bearded Tit Frank, never mind a photo. Great Orange Tip shot.

  7. Wonderful walk today, Frank. Some super photos, and I love your collages. You put a lot of time and thought into you posts and it shows! ~karen

  8. Thanks for the stroll around my beloved Cley, Frank. I'm well-overdue for a return visit.

  9. Simply WOW!!! I have never seen a black headed gull before and certainly not in flight, that closeup. Amazing

  10. I enjoyed your photo of the Black Headed gull Frank, very nice. No painted ladies here yet - not like last year !

  11. What a great place to spend some quality time with your camera.

  12. Wow~ These are all magnificnet and the Mute Swan's young ones, I had never seen them before, what little fuzzy beauties. The Black Headed Gull is awesome , all of these are!

  13. Hi Everyone. Cley is a great reserve and often produces rarities but I'm always happy just to be able to watch the resident species and on this occasion capture some decent pics including the charming Mute Swan youngsters.
    Hope you are all having a good week..FAB.


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