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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Otters, Cley, 22nd November 2017. Two together again today, but they remain very elusive.
 
 
Stonechat, Cley, 22nd November 2017.
 
 
Iceland Gull, Cley, 19th November 2017.
 
 
 
Iceland Gull, Cley, 18th November 2017.
 
 
Peregrine, Cley, 17th November 2017.
 
 
How not to watch Otters, Cley, 17th November 2017.   [If you don't know, it is MUCH better to get off the skyline and SIT DOWN if you want a chance of them coming close. "Ooh I've got a tripod. I don't do sitting down."]
 
 
Common Scoter, Cley, 16th November 2017.
 
 
 
 
Lesser Yellowlegs, Lodmoor, Dorset, 14th November 2017.
 
 
Kingfisher, River Otter, Devon, 13th November 2017.
 
 
 
 
Italian Sparrow, East Budleigh, Devon, 12th November 2017.
 
 
Gannets, Cley, 12th November 2017.
 
 
Grey Phalarope,  Simmonds' Scrape, Cley, 11th November 2017.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cattle Egrets, Stiffkey Flood, Norfolk, 10th November 2017. 
 
 
Bagot Goat, Salthouse Heath, 9th November 2017. Conservation grazing at its gruffest!
 
 
Grey Phalarope, Cley, 8th November 2017. It has moved to Simmonds' Scrape today, but it is no closer for good photography. Always great birds to see here though!
 
 
Blackbird, Cley, 7th November 2017. A number were coming in off the sea today. This one pitched down on the beach by where the North Hide used to be and should be again!
 
 
 
 
 
Black Brant, Cley, 7th November 2017. 
 
 
 
Grey Phalarope, Walsey Marsh, Cley, 7th November 2017. It must be too dizzy to fly off!
 
 
Grey Phalarope, Walsey Marsh, Cley, 5th November 2017. 
 
 
Lesser Whitethroat, Walsey Hills, Cley, 5th November 2017. 
 
 
Taiga Bean Goose, Burnham Overy, Norfolk, 4th November 2017. 
 
 
Yellow-browed Warbler, Walsey Hills, Cley, 2nd November 2017. 
 
 
Common Buzzard, Waxham, Norfolk, 1st November 2017. 
 
 
Great White Egret, Cley, 1st November 2017. 
 
 
Marsh Tit, Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire, 28th October 2017. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rock Thrush, Gilwern Hill, Monmouthshire, 27th October 2017. 
 
 
Wigeon, Cley, 25th October 2017. 
 
 
 
Spotted Redshank, Kelling Water Meadow, 24th October 2017. 
 
 
Tree Sparrows, Cley, 21st October 2017. Three briefly at the garden feeder were a late afternoon surprise  and the first here for over a year.
 
 
Black Redstart, Cley, 21st October 2017. Lingering on the roof of Watcher's Cottage.
 
 
Black Brant, Cley, 19th October 2017. 
 
 
 
 
Yellow-browed Warbler, Salthouse, 19th October 2017. 
 
 
Redwing, Wells Woods, Norfolk, 19th October 2017. 
 
 
 
 
Osprey, Holkham Park Lake, Norfolk, 15th October 2017.
 
 
 
 
Grey-bellied Brant, Choseley, Norfolk, 15th October 2017. The essential references for this most interesting rare goose are Birding World 14: 151-155, 19: 113-117 & 26:488.
 
 
Greenland White-fronted Goose with Pink-footed Geese, Burnham Overy/Holkham, Norfolk, 15th October 2017. 
 
 
Otter, Cley, 14th October 2017. If you want to see the Cley Otters photographically close, I strongly advise that you SIT DOWN off the skyline, of course don't talk or move at all when they are above water, and set your camera to 'quiet shutter' if you can.
 
 
Pink-footed Geese, Cley, 13th October 2017. A few years ago Pink-footed Geese did not occur at Cley. Look at them now!
 
 
Common Cranes, Holkham Pines, Norfolk, 12th October 2017. 
 
 
Great White Egret, Holkham Pines, Norfolk, 12th October 2017. 
 
 
Wheatear, Cley, 11th October 2017. 
 
 
Radde's Warbler, Wells Woods, Norfolk, 10th October 2017. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Osprey, Holkham Park Lake, Norfolk, 8th October 2017. Ospreys surprisingly seldom show well in North Norfolk these days, so this lingering bird at Holkham Park Lake has been a real treat.
 
 
 
 
 
Red-necked Phalarope, Kelling Water Meadow, 6th October 2017. The third Red-necked Phalarope on the greater Cley Marshes in three weeks unlike the other two, this one showed nice and close.
 
 
 
 
Grey Phalarope, Cley, 6th October 2017. A two phalarope species afternoon on the greater Cley Marshes this, on and beside Arnold's Marsh, the second Grey in three weeks.
 
 
Pink-footed Geese, Cley, 6th October 2017. Up to c3000 have been on and around the reserve for several days now an unprecedented number here so early in the season.
 
 
Spotted Redshanks, Kelling Water Meadow, 5th October 2017. This juvenile and adult have been together on Kelling Water Meadow for several days.
 
 
Great Skuas, Cley, 5th October 2017.
 
 
Red-throated Diver, Cley, 5th October 2017.
 
 
Gannet, Cley, 5th October 2017.
 
 
 
Goosanders, Wigeon and Pink-footed Geese, Cley, 3rd October 2017. These five Goosanders on Simmonds' Scrape were a surprise this morning; they flew off west at 10.00am.
 
 
Little Egrets, Cley, 3rd October 2017. We counted 23 at the evening roost at Cley on 30th September.
 
 
Sandwich Tern, Cley, 2nd October 2017.
 
 
 
Otter, Cley, 1st October 2017.
 

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