Friday, 24 August 2018

Aug 24th Cley

Female House Sparrow
This afternoon, my parents dropped me off at the reserve at Cley while they went for a walk to the actual town of Cley just down the road. I had a couple of hours at three of the four hides around the main set of pools. There were plenty of waders at these pools, especially black-tailed godwits which were the most abundant. I counted 9 snipe along the edge of one of the larger spits of land, 2 little ringed plovers as well as several avocets, ruffs, dunlin, lapwing, knot and a few redshanks and shelduck. There was apparently a spotted redshank out there too, but everything took to the air when I started looking for it. I expect the culprit was a marsh harrier, though there was also a kestrel around very briefly.
Male House Sparrow
Black-tailed Godwit
Godwits, Lapwing and Knot
Knot and Black-tailed Godwit
Lapwing and Snipe
Snipe, Lapwing and Dunlin
Little Ringed Plover

Rain clouds gathering over the hides and pools
The weather was fairly good for the most part while I was at the hides, but then it suddenly turned. The clouds grew dark and you could sense that it was going to rain any minute. Without a coat and worried about getting my camera wet, I made my way back to the visitor centre as quickly as I could. By some miracle, I got there just in time as it suddenly threw it down as I entered the building. My parents, on the other hand, were caught in it on their return from Cley-next-the-sea. Then, when they joined me inside, the rain stopped and a rainbow formed.

Black-tailed Godwits

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