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.

 
 
 
Yellow-browed Warbler, Blakeney Point, 19th September 2017.
 
 
 
Red-breasted Flycatcher, Blakeney Point, 19th September 2017.
 
 
 
Pied Flycatcher, Blakeney Point, 19th September 2017.
 
 
Redstart, Blakeney Point, 19th September 2017.
 
 
Grey Heron and Cattle Egret, Stiffkey, Norfolk, 18th September 2017.
 
 
 
Grey Phalarope, Salthouse, 18th September 2017.
 
 
 
 
 
Arctic Warbler, Wells Woods, Norfolk, 17th September 2017.
 
 
Red-necked Phalarope, Cley, 16th September 2017.
 
 
Snow Bunting, Cley, 16th September 2017. The first of the autumn.
 
 
Curlew Sandpiper, Cley, 16th September 2017.
 
 
Yellow Wagtail, Cley, 16th September 2017. I have never seen so few Yellow Wagtails at Cley as I have this year.
 
 
Pintail, Cley, 15th September 2017.
 
 
Common Seal, Cley, 15th September 2017.
 
 
Pink-footed Geese, Cley, 14th September 2017. The first of the autumn over the house.
 
 
Wigeon and Teal, Cley, 14th September 2017. A steady westerly passage over the sea all day.
 
 
 
Arctic Skuas, Cley, 14th September 2017.
 
 
Manx Shearwater, Cley, 14th September 2017.
 
 
Yelkouan Shearwater type, Cley, 14th September 2017. Well, slightly: including a strong foot-projection, a flank-line and underwing-bar and dark undertail-coverts, but still a Manx apparently very likely to be a young juvenile with a still-growing tail.
 
 
Otters, Cley, 12th September 2017. The two cubs have now split from their mother but are still inseparable from each other and often out in the daytime.
 
 
Hobby, Cley, 10th September 2017.
 
 
Garganey, Serpentine, Cley, 10th September 2017.
 
 
 
Pectoral Sandpiper, Serpentine, Cley, 10th September 2017.
 
 
Pectoral Sandpiper, Serpentine, Cley, 9th September 2017.
 
 
 
Hen Harrier, Cley, 7th September 2017.
 
 
Little Egret, Cley, 7th September 2017. Clearly only just out of its nest!
 
 
Spoonbills, Cley, 7th September 2017.
 
 
Lesser Whitethroat, Cley, 7th September 2017.
 
 
Curlew Sandpiper, Cley, 6th September 2017.
 
 
 
 
 
Dotterel, Cley, 5th September 2017.
 
 
Black-tailed Godwits, Cley, 5th September 2017.
 
 
 
 
 
 
White-winged Black Tern, Rockland Broad, Norfolk, 4th September 2017.
 
 
 
Swift, Cley, 4th September 2017.
 
 
Mediterranean Gull, Cley, 4th September 2017.
 
 
Guillemot, Cley, 4th September 2017.
 
 
Wheatear, Salthouse, 2nd September 2017.
 
 
Hobby, Cley, 1st September 2017.
 
 
Water Vole, Cley, 1st September 2017.
 
 
Whitethroat, Salthouse, 31st August 2017.
 
 
Greenshank, Cley, 31st August 2017.
 
 
 
Hen Harrier, Stiffkey, Norfolk, 31st August 2017.
 
 
Lesser Whitethroat, Warham Greens, Norfolk, 31st August 2017.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Glossy Ibis, Cley, 26th August 2017.
 
 
Shore Crab, Main Cut, Cley, 26th August 2017.
 
 
Hobby, Cley, 25th August 2017.
 
 
Common Buzzards, Cley, 25th August 2017.
 
 
Little Egret, Salthouse, 25th August 2017.
 
 
Pied Flycatcher, Salthouse, 23rd August 2017.
 
 
Whinchat, Salthouse, 23rd August 2017.
 
 
Roe Deer, Cley, 23rd August 2017.
 
 
Swift, Cley, 23rd August 2017. One of our late-to-fledge juveniles looks out on the world see www.cleyswifts.blogspot.co.uk
 
 
Lesser Whitethroat, Warham Greens, Norfolk, 22nd August 2017.
 
 
Whinchat, Salthouse, 21st August 2017. The first of the autumn an unusual young juvenile.
 
 
Otter, Cley, 21st August 2017. Up two four continue to show very unpredictably on the reserve.
 
 
Hobby, Cley, 20th August 2017. Two adults were again hunting together over the reserve today temporarily scattering all the waders and other birds from the scrapes.
 
 
Water Vole, Cley, 20th August 2017. Enjoying the apple on his floating 'Voltable'.
 
 
 
Spoonbills, Cley, 20th August 2017. A juvenile begging food from its typically disinterested parent!
 
 
Green Sandpipers, Cley, 17th August 2017.
 
 
Greenshank, Cley, 17th August 2017.
 
 
Glossy Ibis, Salthouse, 17th August 2017. Present for a week now, it has clearly found 'Salthouse Scrape' very much to its liking.
 
 
Water Vole, Cley, 12th August 2017. Great to have them back and showing!
 
 
Otter, Cley, 12th August 2017. One of two together in the main cut west of East Bank again late morning.
 
 
Glossy Ibis and Ruff, Cley, 11th August 2017. Another nice surprise on Simmonds' Scrape this evening.
 
 
Spoonbills, Stiffkey Fen, Norfolk, 11th August 2017. 33 roosting this afternoon while another three were roosting on Cley NWT Simmonds' Scrape.
 
 
Thrush Nightingale, Gramborough Hill, Salthouse, 10th August 2017. A great find and a real surprise today, but extremely skulking and almost impossible to see as they almost always are!
 
 
 
Greenshanks, Cley, 10th August 2017. Eight briefly on the fast-disappearing Whitwell Scrape before flying over Simmonds' Scrape and off west.
 
 
Garganey, Pat's Pool, Cley, 9th August 2017.
 
 
Dunlins, Cley, 9th August 2017. Pat's Pool looking good with over 200 Dunlin feeding.
 
 
Great Skuas, Cley, 9th August 2017.
 
 
 
 
 
Hobby, Cley, 7th August 2017. A pair were hunting Dunlins together in front of Daukes Hide this afternoon.
 
 
Baird's Sandpiper, Potter Heigham Marshes, Norfolk, 6th August 2017.
 
 
Coot, Cley, 5th August 2017. Flightless, with all its flight feathers moulted.
 
 
Avocet, Cley, 3rd August 2017.
 
 
 
Avocets, Cley, 3rd August 2017. Plenty of Avocets have been on Pat's Pool for some days.
 
 
Greenshanks, Simmonds' Scrape, Cley, 3rd August 2017.
 
 
Great White Egret, Cley, 2nd August 2017. This bird dropped onto Pat's Pool just briefly at dusk.
 
 
Swifts, Cley, 2nd August 2017. A year-record c250 were feeding over the North Scrape in the evening though one was taken by a Hobby
 
 
Otter, Cley, 2nd August 2017. On Don's Pool, briefly, at 10.00am
 

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