Roe Deer buck with Pheasants
Roe Deer Doe....... & Chinese Water Deer
Roe Deer Buck scent-marking
Cranes hunting amongst the straw and a fly-by Glaucous......
The discovery of a pair of Cranes searching for food around a pile of straw at Horsey (16th) led to a photographic stop for Jason Nichols and my-self.
At Happisburgh, a look for the reported Shore Larks found one near the cliff top path briefly, whilst at least 40 Snow Buntings were along the base of the cliffs and on the beach. A fly-over, calling-Lapland Bunting followed during a further search for the Shore Larks, but only Skylarks and a charm of Linnet were seen.
Walking back along the cliff-top path Jason spotted a white-winged Gull flying north over the sea. Resultant photographs revealed this to be an immature Glaucous Gull. This or another individual was later reported at Bacton.
After a few bright spells, the weather turned progressively darker as we headed further along the coast and at Salthouse and Cley, the main bird of interest was the Black Brant, seen again amongst Dark-bellied Brent Geese along Beach Road, Cley.
It was sad to learn later, that Ricky Fairhead a local birdwatcher, also with a keen interest in Butterflies and Dragonflies had passed away (15th November 2017). RIP Ricky.