Fallow Stag, Knowle Park.

Fallow Stag, Knowle Park.

Monday, 11 August 2014

** Two good bird species seen in Norfolk.**

Last week Pamela and I went away to stay with  good friends in North Norfolk. This wasn't a wildlife visit, but we did go on a 2 hour boat trip on Hickling Broad. Swallowtail butterfly would have been a wonderful sight but on the day they was not playing ball. Thankfully I have seen them before.
Below is a picture I took of a Swallowtail caterpillar a few years ago.

The best wildlife seen was on our way home, two bird species.We stopped off at Cley-Next-The-Sea for lunch, and while we was sitting by the window scanning the scrapes 11 large white birds was showing, they was SPOONBILL, but it didn't stop there, as I continued panning along I found one more. 12 Spoonbill  is something I never thought I would ever see.

Not wanting to catch the M25 traffic I wanted to stop off at Weeting Heath to check out the Stone Curlew situation. We arrived about 5.15. Whenever I have been there whatever time of day it has never been busy, anyway I walked up to the west hide where I met 1 photographer. I sat along from him and opened the flaps where I was left speechless for a moment, expecting to see about 3 or 4, that is about what I have always seen when I have visited, this time there was a lot more, in total there  14 STONE CURLEW, one pair had 2 young. I spent a good hour observing them. I did manage to get a few pictures of them but none very close.

                                                 The parents with 1 of the young
Modern art!


  1. A good trip, what a sight to see all those Stone Curlew, brilliant.

  2. Ken ,
    I'm sorry , but I'm afraid 12 Spoonbill and 14 Stone Curlew is just plain greedy !
    And to get pictures too .
    Two magical stops , very well done .

  3. Well done Ken. Spoonbills would be good enough but all those Stone Curlews......!

  4. Thats two species up on me Ken.

  5. Marc.
    A sight I will never see again, that's for sure.

    Talk about right place at the right time.

    Thanks mate. I would have been happy to see 1 of these rare summer visitors.

    There is always a chance of seen them somewhere some time, isn't there? That's the enjoyment of nature watching. Hopefully Spoonbill will go the same way as the Little Egret has.

  6. How wonderful to have seen Stone curlews!
    I was lucky only once!
    One of the most difficult birds to sight!