Photo Diary 3

January 15th

Ormesby Little Broad Red-necked Grebe......


A Red-necked Grebe had been reported for several days on Rollesby Broad, but there was no sign of it today (15th).  A drake Goldeneye, Tufted Ducks, 4 Great Crested Grebes and a Common Buzzard were of note.

A look around the Thurne/Ashby area found 11 Cranes on the fields with some feeding on maize.  A Common Buzzard on the ground where a tractor had been ploughing and a Marsh Harrier were also seen here.

The drive through Repps was to take a long while due to road works and unfortunately there were no wild swans present on Ludham Airfield, which was the reason for going through Repps!

A drive back to Martham via the coast road did not fare much better, but a Roe Deer at Waxham was good to see, at a different site to normal.

After arriving back home, a text from Ken Saul informed me that the Red-necked Grebe was now being reported from Ormesby Little Broad, where it apparently had been the previous evening (must have missed that report!) and a further text from Ken saying it was there presently enticed me to venture out again.

Several scans from the viewpoint, overlooking Ormesby Little Broad could not find the grebe; a drake Goldeneye, Tufted Ducks, Common Buzzards and 2 Great Crested Grebes were seen.  However, suddenly out of nowhere the Red-necked appeared from the bay to the left of the viewpoint and was observed for a good period, before it swam back and out of view to where it had emerged from initially.  Later the grebe reappeared again and after some more time watching the grebe, I returned home, again!

take off-cranes 1 (1) 1 (2) 1 (3) 3 (1) 3 (2) 3 (7) 3 (8) 3 (3) 3 (4) 3 (5) 3 (6)

Crane take-off

Duetting Grus grus

Red-necked Grebe