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16. Male Reed Bunting Feeding On Seed Heads DSC5094

Wildlife in East Anglia

by Gordon Follows ARPS

One of the benefits of living in East Anglia is that there is a wealth of different wildlife habitats

"Sandy beaches, tidal mud flats, marshes, woodland, heaths, the Brecks and of course the Broads.

Hence, as you would expect, the wildlife to be found reflects this diversity and for the photographer there are numerous opportunities which can be explored close to home.

All the images displayed below were taken in Norfolk and have been selected to represent some of the specialised wildlife to be found locally."


3. Bar Tailed Godwit Feeding DSC9188

Bar-tailed Godwit

Although good numbers of Bar-tailed Godwits winter on The Wash, it is not always easy to get close enough to photograph them feeding.



5. Juvenile Glaucous Gull Caught In A Snow Storm DSC6400
CREDIT: Gordon Follow ARPS

Glaucous Gull

A scarce winter visitor, this juvenile was caught in a sudden downpour of wet snow which coated both the bird and the photographer!



14. Wren Singing DSC6612

Wren Singing

One of our commonest residents which possesses an amazingly loud song for such a small bird.



10. Avocets Squabbling DSC 9512

Avocets Squabbling

During early spring, Avocets are always a good subject for photography as they tussle and squabble to select a mate and establish a breeding territory.



15. Female And Male Ruff DSC 3520
CREDIT: Gordon Follows ARPS

Ruffs Feeding

Sexual dimorphism in this species is most obvious even during winter when they adopt a less flamboyant plumage.



18. Black Headed Gull Plunge Diving DSC7828
CREDIT: Gordon Follows ARPS

Black-headed Gull

This individual had perfected the art of plunge diving to take small fish which could be seen in the shallow waters of a tidal stream.



8. Little Egret Preening DSC 8484
CREDIT: Gordon Follows ARPS

Little Egret Preening

Once a rarity, Little Egrets are now relative common in our region and can be found in many wetlands.





17. Shelduck In Flight DSC 5190
CREDIT: Gordon Follows ARPS

Shelduck in Flight

An attractive duck and common resident, which is widely distributed in our region.




6. Purple Sandpipers Roosting P1185070
CREDIT: Gordon Follows ARPS

Purple Sandpipers

An uncommon winter visitor, these hardy birds were roosting on the sea defences at Sheringham during a NE gale with a heavy sea.



9. Swallow Wing Stretching DSC0513
CREDIT: Gordon Follows ARPS

Swallow Wing-stretching

One of the harbingers of Spring, this migrant is taking a break during its long migration from its winter quarters in South Africa.



13. Stone Curlews Changing Over P5222530

Stone-curlews Changing Over Incubation Duty

One of the special birds of Breckland, Stone-curlews breed in small numbers and have been the subject of extensive conservation efforts in recent years.



12. Spoonbill Feeding

Spoonbill Feeding

A recent breeding colonist to Norfolk, it is nowadays possible to find birds feeding at a number of wetlands along the coast.  This one was photographed at Cley.



19. Grey Seal DSC 3342
CREDIT: Gordon Follows ARPS

Grey Seal

This bull was making an explosive entrance onto the beach at Horsey during the breeding season.



7. Brown Hares Sunning P2177314
CREDIT: Gordon Follows ARPS

Brown Hares

A couple of animals, possible a pair, catching the early morning sun in a Norfolk ploughed field.



16. Male Reed Bunting Feeding On Seed Heads DSC5094
CREDIT: Gordon Follows ARPS

Male Reed Bunting

A bird in summer dress feeding on the seed-head of Common Reed.





1. Water Rail DSC 2833

Water Rail

A rather secretive and scarce resident which is not always easy to see never mind photograph.





2. Snow Buntings DSC2280
CREDIT: Gordon Follows ARPS

Snow Buntings

A hardy bird which winters in small numbers along the coastal strip, favouring the open beach and shingle.



4. Coot P2015826
CREDIT: Gordon Follows ARPS


Really cold winters appear to be a thing of the past nowadays, so whenever it is cold enough to freeze or snow, every opportunity should be taken.  As they say, taking photographs in extreme conditions usually leads to extreme images.



11. Great Crested Grebe With Young P5139122

Great Crested Grebe with Young

The Broads hold a good population of Grebes and a well-timed visit in spring may find the newly hatched young still spending time on mum’s back.




"Most of the images were taken using Nikon equipment (D4s plus 500f4 lens) but several of the most recent were captured using an Olympus E-M1 Mark II with a 300f4 lens."

Gordon Follows ARPS


If you would like to see Gordon's images in more detail, please click HERE




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