Monday, 30 May 2011

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Blickling Hall, Norfolk - 26.5.11

Today a day out at the National Trust house: Blickling Hall halfway between Norwich and Cromer.

The view of the house was  quite magnificent as you approached...

but as we turned round we saw some of the usual suspects to be found at these houses...:-)

This was the 'Sitooterie'  - which is, as it's name sounds in Scottish - a place to sit out in!  It has started raining by this point (as can be seen by the hood) but little came through the branches, so it would have been lovely sitting out on a summer evening.


The Orangery

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Minsmere RSPB, Suffolk - 25.5.11

Day trip to the RSPB reserve at Minsmere in Suffolk today.  The weather forecast the best day of the week so we thought we'd make the most of it.  It was about 90 mins to get there, but well worth it.  Here is a small selection of photographs:

Black-Headed Gull
Barnacle Goose
Pair of Avocets
Konik Horses
Flying Avocet
Common Tern
Another flying Avocet
A landing Avocet

This moorhen had landed on the wooden post, had a peck round, scooped up a bit of poo and was about to take off, behaviour we've not witnessed before and can't explain at this moment...I'm sure Packham would know in an instant!

Feeding Avocet

Hobby with prey
and finally - one of the birds we had come to see...
All in all a very good day and well worth a return visit (when in the locality!)  Especially good for flying Avocets.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Hickling Broad, Norfolk - 24.5.11

Little Egret

Back at the house we spotted a Spotted Flycatcher just as we were having tea - needless to say, the tea went cold!!
Spotted Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher