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.

 
 
Adder, Kelling Heath, 19th February 2017.
 
 
 
Hedgehog, Cley, 19th February 2017.
 
 
 
Glaucous Gull, Simmonds' Scrape, Cley, 17th February 2017.
 
 
 
Great Crested Grebe, Cley, 17th February 2017.
 
 
 
Guillemot, Cley, 7th February 2017.
 
 
 
 
 
Hawfinches, Lynford Arboretum, Norfolk, 16th February 2017.
 
 
 
 
 
Goshawk and Sparrowhawk, Thetford Forest, Norfolk, 16th February 2017.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Goshawks, Thetford Forest, Norfolk, 16th February 2017.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bluethroat, Willow Tree Fen, Lincolnshire, 14th February 2017. An unseasonable but delightfully showy bird.
 
 
 
Polecat, Cley, 4th February 2017. A camera-trap surprise, although perhaps too pale-faced to be a pure Polecat.
 
 
 
Jay, Cley, 5th February 2017.
 
 
 
Tundra Bean Geese, Weybourne, 3rd February 2017.
 
 
 
Glaucous Gull, Cley, 3rd February 2017. Still loitering around the dead seal by the West Bank in the mornings.
 
 
 
Reed Bunting, Cley, 3rd February 2017.
 
 
 
Avocets, Cley, 3rd February 2017. Avocets are back on Pat's Pool it must be spring!
 
 
 
Otters, Cley, 31st January 2017. The three again on the reserve this at 9.20pm.
 
 
 
Great Crested Grebe, Cley, 31st January 2017.
 
 
 
Pine Bunting and Yellowhammer, Dunnington, Yorkshire, 30th January 2017.
 
 
 
Pink-footed Geese and White-fronted Geese, Druridge Bay, Northumberland, 30th January 2017.
 
 
 
Tree Sparrow, Druridge Bay, Northumberland, 30th January 2017.
 
 
 
 
 
Black Scoter with Common Scoters, Goswick, Northumberland, 29th January 2017. Typical Black Scoter views!
 
 
 
 
 
Pacific Diver with Goldeneye, Druridge Bay, Northumberland, 29th January 2017.
 
 
 
Otters, Cley, 29th January 2017. Three still ! This at 6.45am. I hope they keep away from all the National Trust traps and snares on Blakeney Freshes.
 
 
 
 
 
White-billed Diver, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, 28th January 2017. What a magnificent bird!
 
 
 
Otters, Cley, 27th January 2017. So two still using the reserve.... this at 7.30pm.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Glaucous Gulls, Cley, 26th January 2017. An adult and a juvenile together on Arnold's Marsh.
 
 
Peregrines, Cley, 26th January 2017.
 
 
 
Otter, Cley, 26th January 2017. So at least one is still using the reserve post flood.
 
 
 
 
Siberian Chiffchaff, East Bank, Cley, 24th January 2017. Unsurprisingly, I didn't hear it call.
 
 
 
Chiffchaff, East Bank, Cley, 24th January 2017. Three Common Chiffchaffs and the Siberian Chiffchaff were together on the reed litter beside the East Bank this morning.
 
 
Glaucous Gull, Simmonds' Scrape, Cley, 24th January 2017. Two juvenile Glaucous Gulls were together on Simmonds' briefly this morning.
 
 
Bearded Tit, Cley, 23rd January 2017. In the absence of water, they were eating frost this morning.
 
 
 
 
Black Redstart, Cromer, Norfolk, 23rd January 2017. After another long wait, he and I were back again at the boats by Cromer promenade this afternoon.
 
 
Black Redstart, Cromer, Norfolk, 22nd January 2017. Present for just 5 minutes 08.00-14.30 at least, but very nice when it was there!
 
 
 
Bearded Tits, Minsmere, Suffolk, 19th January 2017.
 
 
Little Egret, Minsmere, Suffolk, 19th January 2017.
 
 
 
Common Snipe, Minsmere, Suffolk, 19th January 2017.
 
 
 
 
Common Teal, Minsmere, Suffolk, 19th January 2017.
 
 
Water Rail, Minsmere, Suffolk, 19th January 2017.
 
 
Water Shrew, Minsmere, Suffolk, 19th January 2017.
 
 
Wigeon, Minsmere, Suffolk, 19th January 2017.
 
 
 
 
 
Adult Glaucous Gull, Sheringham, Norfolk, 18th January 2017.
 
 
 
 
Juvenile Glaucous Gull, Sheringham, Norfolk, 18th January 2017.
 
 
 
Apparent hybrid Tree Sparrow x House Sparrow, Cley, 16th January 2017. He's still visiting our garden feeders every day.
 
 
Mediterranean Gull, Cley, 14th January 2017.
 
 
 
East Bank, Cley, 14th January 2017. The not-so-good-news is that the Environment Agency-made hole in the East Bank is also working, to the considerable detriment of Cley.
 
 
 
West Bank, Cley, 14th January 2017. The good news is that, this time, the main sluice is working well getting the water off, though it will still take damaging days.
 
 
Cley Flood, 14th January 2017. Oh dear. Friday 13th turned out to be just that. Another sea flood devastating to the life of the reserve.
 
 
 
Hawfinch, Aylmerton, Norfolk, 11th January 2017.
 
 
Glaucous Gull, Salthouse, 10th January 2017.
 
 
Smew, Serpentine, Cley, 10th January 2017.
 
 
 
Lesser Whitethroat, Newmarket, Suffolk, 10th January 2017.
 
 
Great Grey Shrike, New Holkham, Norfolk, 8th January 2017.
 
 
Adult Glaucous Gull, Cley, 6th January 2017.
 
 
Juvenile Glaucous Gull, Cley, 5th January 2017.
 
 
Otter, Cley, 5th January 2017.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Blue Rock Thrush, Stow on the wold, Gloucestershire, 3rd January 2017. But does it show a nylon tie round its left leg (indicating captive origin)?
 
 
Fallow Deer, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, 3rd January 2017.
 
 
Glaucous Gull and Great Black-backed Gull, Arnold's Marsh, Cley, 2nd January 2017.
 

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