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.


 
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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