Photo Diary 5

March 9th - 14th

Smew at Filby Broad......

 

A text from Ken Saul (9th) reporting a Smew on Filby Broad, warranted a trip there, now, just a short drive away.

Eventually the ‘redhead’ Smew was found, albeit a considerable distance away and several Goldeneye were seen also.

Copulating Cranes and a fly-past......

 

A return to Filby (14th), where once again, a duck Goosander had been reported on Ormesby Little Broad.

No sign of a Goosander but two sightings of a Kingfisher, Water Rail, Marsh Tit, 16 Tufted Duck, a pair of Goldeneye, with the drake displaying and 3 Fieldfares over made the visit more than worthwhile.

Onto the Thurne area, where the highlight of the day was seeing a pair, of Cranes mate for the first time.  A highly tentative and delicate balancing act by the male was the first act in hopefully more of this fantastic bird.  A total of 10 Cranes were seen, with them finally flying over my position calling.  A Common Buzzard was also seen here.

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Cranes continued on:

Marsh Tit

Long-tailed Tit

Goldeneye                                                                            Great Crested Grebe

Mute Swan                           Water Rail

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Cranes' mating ritual.......