Steve Gantlett's   Cley Birds

This gallery features my bird and wildlife photo-diary. Since I live at Cley next the Sea, Norfolk, it comprises of photographs mainly from that area, but it also includes pictures from my travels further afield. Photographs are continually added in chronological order to view the latest images in this gallery, please just scroll down the page and enjoy.

 

 

 

All these images are copyright. If you would like to copy and use any of them elsewhere, please ask me first please email stevegantlett@btinternet.com  Prints of all these photos may be purchased from 2.50 each; for details, see my other website, which contains a selection of my bird and wildlife photographs in systematic order, together with quite a few taken by my wife, Sue: www.sgbirdandwildlifephotos.co.uk

The north Norfolk village of Cley next the Sea is the home of birding in Britain.  The key habitats in the area include Cley Marshes Norfolk Wildlife Trust Reserve, Salthouse Marshes, Blakeney Point National Trust Reserve and Salthouse and Kelling Heaths.

 
 
 
Savi's Warbler, Hickling Broad, Norfolk, 23rd April 2017.
 
 
Waxwing, Norwich, Norfolk, 23rd April 2017.
 
 
Blackcap, Strumpshaw Fen, Norfolk, 23rd April 2017.
 
 
Chinese Water Deer, Cley, 20th April 2017. Photographed from the garden.
 
 
Bullfinch, Cley, 20th April 2017.
 
 
Ruddy Shelduck, The Serpentine, Cley, 17th April 2017. This one-day bird spent all morning asleep behind the Serpentine and then disappeared.
 
 
 
 
Ruff, The Serpentine, Cley, 17th April 2017.  Another coming into summer plumage - look at all those ruff feathers in pin!
 
 
White-fronted Goose, The Serpentine, Cley, 17th April 2017.
 
 
White Stork, Cley, 16th April 2017.  At 2.00pm, this ringed surprise flew west over Salthouse and Walsey Hills, circled in front of Cley Visitor Centre and then circled off south.
 
 
 
Ring Ouzels, Gramborough Hill, Salthouse, 16th April 2017. 
 
 
Ring Ouzel, Morston, 16th April 2017. 
 
 
Slow Worms, Salthouse Heath, 15th April 2017.  Slow Worms still like Salthouse Heath, despite the continuing deterioration of the habitat 12 here in one spot!
 
 
Salthouse Heath, 15th April 2017. Despite conservation efforts, the habitat on Salthouse Heath continues to deteriorate. Here, in one of the better spots, the last good patch of heather is dying.
 
 
Wheatear, Cley, 14th April 2017.
 
 
 
 
Ruff, The Serpentine, Cley, 11th April 2017.
 
 
 
Common Cranes, Cley, 9th April 2017. These seven flew east over the marsh at 1.30pm.
 
 
Great White Egret, North Foreland Wood, Cley, 8th April 2017.
 
 
Grey Heron, Cley, 8th April 2017.
 
 
Chiffchaff, Walsey Hills, Cley, 8th April 2017.
 
 
 
Chiffchaff, Walsey Hills, Cley, 7th April 2017.
 
 
Mediterranean Gull, Cley, 6th April 2017.
 
 
Little Ringed Plovers, Pat's Pool, Cley, 6th April 2017.
 
 
Green-winged Teal, Burnham Norton, Norfolk, 4th April 2017.
 
 
Garganey, Burnham Norton, Norfolk, 4th April 2017.
 
 
Holly Blue, Blakeney, 1st April 2017.
 
 
Little Ringed Plover, Cley, 31st March 2017. Three on the reserve today.
 
 
 
Orange-tip, Glandford, 31st March 2017.
 
 
Black Redstart, Hilltop, Cley, 30th March 2017.
 
 
Great White Egret, Bayfield Lake, Glandford, 29th March 2017.
 
 
Peregrine, Cley, 29th March 2017. I hope it avoids the bad new beach fence.
 
 
 
 
 
Red-flanked Bluetail, Titchwell, Norfolk, 28th March 2017.
 
 
Sand Lizard, Studland, Dorset, 27th March 2017.
 
 
 
Red-breasted Merganser, Portland Harbour, Dorset, 26th March 2017.
 
 
Chiffchaff, Weston, Portland, Dorset, 26th March 2017.
 
 
Comma, Weston, Portland, Dorset, 26th March 2017.
 
 
Woodlark, Bishop's Dyke, New Forest, Hampshire, 25th March 2017.
 
 
Great Grey Shrike, Thursley Common, Surrey, 24th March 2017.
 
 
Reed Bunting, Great Barford, Bedfordshire, 24th March 2017.
 
 
Garganey, Iron Road, Salthouse, 23rd March 2017.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cattle Egret, Felbrigg, Norfolk, 22nd March 2017.
 
 
Woodpigeons, Cley, 20th March 2017.
 
 
Chiffchaff, Walsey Hills, Cley, 20th March 2017.
 
 
Snipe, Cley, 20th March 2017.
 
 
Black Brant with Dark-bellied Brent Geese, Eye Field, Cley, 16th March 2017.
 
 
Mediterranean Gull, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, 15th March 2017.
 
 
Great Grey Shrike, Cockley Cley, Norfolk, 13th March 2017. He was in song this afternoon.
 
 
Stoat, Cley, 13th March 2017.
 
 
 
Caspian Gull, Arnold's Marsh, Cley, 12th March 2017.
 
 
Great Black-backed Gull and Caspian Gull, Arnold's Marsh, Cley, 12th March 2017.
 
 
Reed Bunting, East Bank, Cley, 12th March 2017. They're starting to sing now.
 
 
Common Crane, Cley, 11th March 2017.
 
 
Common Frogs, Beeston Pond, Norfolk, 9th March 2017.
 
 
Adders, Kelling Heath, 9th March 2017.
 
 
Otters, Cley, 7th March 2017. The gang of three is still here.
 
 
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Santon Downham, Norfolk, 7th March 2017. This female showed well for about a minute, but otherwise they were elusive all morning.
 
 
Otter, Santon Downham, Norfolk, 7th March 2017.
 
 
Woodlark, Cockley Cley, Norfolk, 7th March 2017.
 
 
Wheatear, Weybourne, Norfolk, 6th March 2017.
 
 
Kestrel, New Holkham, Norfolk, 6th March 2017.
 
 
Pallid Harrier, New Holkham, Norfolk, 4th March 2017.
 
 
Stonechat, Dersingham Bog, Norfolk, 4th March 2017. One of three males present (one of which was colour-ringed).
 
 
Great White Egret, Holkham, Norfolk, 1st March 2017. One of two still present today.
 
 
 
Spoonbills,  Holkham, Norfolk, 1st March 2017.
 
 
Red Kite, Holkham, Norfolk, 1st March 2017.
 
 
Greenshank, Morston, 1st March 2017.
 
 
Siskin, Cley, 1st March 2017.
 

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