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.


 
 
 
 
Little Egrets, Stiffkey Fen, Norfolk, 24th September 2016. A spectacular 324 roosted at the fen.
 
 
Cley, 23rd September 2016. NWT have just named the pool west of East Bank after the late, great Don Dorling.
 
 
Simmonds' Scrape, Cley, 21st September 2016. Two diggers spent Monday-Thursday this week redigging the moat around the edge of Simmonds' Scrape, but the bulk of the pool has not been drained or reprofiled this time.
 
 
Wasp Spider, Gramborough Hill, Salthouse, 21st September 2016. Actually, 25 yards east of the hill, in the long grass.
 
 
Yellow-browed Warbler, Stiffkey Fen, Norfolk, 21st September 2016.
 
 
Spoonbills, Stiffkey Fen, Norfolk, 21st September 2016. Thirty-two roosting and present from at least 10.50am until at least 2.40pm. Were they different to the 33 seen roosting at Burnham Norton just prior to 10.50am?
 
 
Dotterels, Sheringham Golf Course, Norfolk, 19th September 2016.
 
 
 
Red-breasted Flycatcher, Warham Greens, Norfolk, 19th September 2016. A surprise find for us just east of the Whirligig.
 
 
Redstart, Gramborough Hill, Salthouse, 18th September 2016.
 
 
 
Yellow-browed Warblers, Wells Woods, Norfolk, 18th September 2016. Two of the three we found in the woods today.
 
 
Spotted Flycatcher, Wells Woods, Norfolk, 18th September 2016.
 
 
Pied Flycatcher, Wells Woods, Norfolk, 18th September 2016.
 
 
 
Treecreeper, Wells Woods, Norfolk, 18th September 2016.
 
 
Long-tailed Tit, Wells Woods, Norfolk, 18th September 2016.
 
 
Garden Warbler, Wells Woods, Norfolk, 18th September 2016.
 
 
Migrant Hawker, Wells Woods, Norfolk, 18th September 2016.
 
 
Comma, Wells Woods, Norfolk, 18th September 2016.
 
 
 
Red-breasted Flycatcher, Salthouse, 17th September 2016.
 
 
Arctic Warbler, East Hills, Wells, Norfolk, 15th September 2016.
 
 
Pied Flycatcher, Wells Woods, Norfolk, 15th September 2016.
 
 
Whinchat, Salthouse, 13th September 2016.
 
 
Red Admiral, Kelling, 13th September 2016.
 
 
Moorhen, Cley, 12th September 2016.
 
 
Willow Emerald Damselfly, Beeston Pond, Norfolk, 12th September 2016.
 
 
Migrant Hawker, Cley, 11th September 2016.
 
 
Starling, Salthouse, 10th September 2016.
 
 
Wheatear, Portland Bill East Cliffs, Dorset, 8th September 2016.
 
 
Black Darter, Thursley Common, Surrey, 6th September 2016.
 
 
Young Common Lizard, Thursley Common, Surrey, 6th September 2016.
 
 
 
 
Redstart, Beach Carpark, Cley, 5th September 2016.
 
 
Stint, Pat's Pool, Cley, 7th July 2016. Can you identify this stint ? At the time, we thought it was a Temminck's but, oops, apologies, see www.birdingworld.co.uk/The%20Cley%20Stint.htm
 
 
Greenshank, Watling Water, Cley, 4th September 2016.
 
 
Whinchat, Attenborough Walk, Salthouse, 4th September 2016. Note the very visible fence.
 
 
Pectoral Sandpiper, 'Swan Pool', Iron Road, Salthouse, 4th September 2016. Still present this morning, but still spending most of its time hiding in the grass.
 
 
Pectoral Sandpiper, 'Swan Pool', Iron Road, Salthouse, 3rd September 2016.
 
 
Sparrowhawk, Cley, 2nd September 2016.
 
 
Wood Sandpiper, Pat's Pool, Cley, 30th August 2016.
 
 
Wheatear, Pat's Pool, Cley, 29th August 2016.
 
 
Lesser Whitethroat, Cley, 29th August 2016. A welcome garden visitor.
 
 
Sanderling, Blakeney Point, 28th August 2016.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Royal Tern, Beale Point, Co. Kerry, Ireland, 23rd August 2016.
 
 
 
 
 
Terek Sandpiper, Tacumshin Lake, Co. Wexford, Ireland, 22nd August 2016.
 
 
 
Gannets, Bridges of Ross, Co. Clare, Ireland, 22nd August 2016.
 
 
Gannet, Bridges of Ross, Co. Clare, Ireland, 21st August 2016.
 
 
Sabine's Gull, Bridges of Ross, Co. Clare, Ireland, 20th August 2016.
 
 
 
Cory's Shearwater, Bridges of Ross, Co. Clare, Ireland, 20th August 2016.
 
 
Sooty Shearwater, Bridges of Ross, Co. Clare, Ireland, 20th August 2016.
 
 
 
 
 
Great Skuas, Bridges of Ross, Co. Clare, Ireland, 20th August 2016.
 
 
 
Gannets, Bridges of Ross, Co. Clare, Ireland, 20th August 2016. A 'classic' Bridges of Ross seawatch during the westerly gale on 20th produced a close Fea's Petrel, as well as 3 Wilson's Petrels, Leach's Petrels, Cory's, Great and Sooty Shearwaters and all four Skua species, not to mention a constant stream of 100,000 Manx Shearwaters and over 1,000 Storm Petrels plus various other seabirds.
 
 
 
Bridges of Ross, Co. Clare, Ireland, 20th August 2016.
 
 
 
Least Sandpiper, Cloghaun Lough, Loop Head, Co. Clare, Ireland, 19th August 2016.
 
 
Iceland Gull, Roonagh Lough, Co. Mayo, Ireland, 18th August 2016.  But no sign of the Royal Tern....
 
 
Sandwich Tern, Cley, Norfolk, 15th August 2016.
 
 
Ring-necked Parakeet, Cley, 14th August 2016. A surprise in the garden this morning, but only a brief visitor. Only my third in the Cley Square, following one over the East Bank on 6th October 1973 and one in a Salthouse garden on 22nd October 1998!
 
 
Peregrine, Cley, 12th August 2016.
 
 
Swifts, Cley, 11th August 2016. They've gone! One of our two swiftlets fledged at around midday on 11th and the other at about 6.00pm on 13th August. Bon Voyage! For their full story see Sue's www.cleyswifts.blogspot.co.uk .
 
 
Silver-washed Fritillary form valezina, Holt CP, Norfolk, 9th August 2016.
 
 
Silver-washed Fritillary, Holt CP, Norfolk, 9th August 2016. One of about 25 seen.
 
 
Comma, Holt CP, Norfolk, 9th August 2016.
 
 
Brimstone, Holt CP, Norfolk, 9th August 2016.
 
 
Juvenile Mediterranean Gull, Pat's Pool, Cley, 8th August 2016.
 
 
Common Snipes, Simmonds' Scrape, Cley, 8th August 2016.
 
 
Fledgling Water Rail, Simmonds' Scrape, Cley, 8th August 2016. At least two pairs of Water Rails have bred this year.
 
 
Garganey, Pat's Pool, Cley, 6th August 2016.
 
 
Little Egret, Pat's Pool, Cley, 6th August 2016.
 
 
 
Swifts, Cley, 2nd August 2016. Our two Swiftlets are on their marks and contemplating the outside world. It won't be long now. Wish them luck! For their story see Sue's www.cleyswifts.blogspot.co.uk .
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Purple Gallinule, Minsmere, Suffolk, 31st July 2016.
 
 
 
 
Cattle Egrets, Cley, 31st July 2016. These two were a surprise find for me on one of the weedy islands on Pat's Pool this morning. They soon flew and joined the cattle on Bull Marsh, but then disappeared.
 
 

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