Monday, 17 August 2015

Day 280 - A Nature Ramble at Norfolk

North Norfolks Coastline
Hey everyone today's Day 280 and as you all know, I have been to Norfolk recently. I saw so many
things while I was there and I even got a whole 35 more posts to do. That will easily be able to take me past day 300 but I will also have to do something special for the 300th post. But anyway, whenever I go somewhere and see a lot of things, I compile them all into what I call a Nature Ramble. Only this was a wonderful week long one in places like Titchwell, Cley, Blakeney, Horsey and Hickling! Such a great holiday can't wait for the next one and hope to fit in a good few rambles yet, more about that at the end.

You will be able to work out what I have and haven't done as posts yet so it's a little 'sneak-peek' into what will be coming in the next month or so.

So, here's what I have seen:

Some of my photos still to be identified
  • Ruffs
  • Ringed Plovers
  • Little Stints
  • Avocets
  • Green Shank
  • Red Shank
  • Little-Ringed Plovers
  • Grey Plover
  • Little Tern 
  • Common Sandpipers
  • Curlew Sandpipers
  • Green Sandpipers
  • Water Rail
  • Oystercatchers
  • Spoonbill
  • Shelduck
  • Mallards
  • Dunlins
  • Greylag Geese
  • Egyptian Geese
Marsh Harrier over Cley

  • Canada Geese
  • Black-Tailed Godwits
  • Jays
  • Marsh Harriers
  • Kestrel (There'll be a story about this one)
  • Hobby
  • Buzzards

  • Mistle Thrush
  • Wood Pigeon 
  • Goldfinch
  • Greenfinch
  • Chaffinch 
  • Blue Tits 
  • Great Tits
  • Sparrow
  • Coal Tits

  • Robins
  • Blackbirds
  • Cormorants
  • Lesser-Black Backed Gulls
  • Black Headed Gulls
  • Common Gulls
  • Herring Gulls
  • Hansers (or Herons to everyone not in Norfolk)
  • Starlings
  • Swans
Bloody Nosed Beetle - See day 277
  • Bloody-Nosed Beetles
  • Seven-Spot Lady-Birds (Approximately 500 of these! There were so many!)
  • Many Caterpillars (more about them later!)
  • Seven-Spot Lady-Birds in their Larval state
  • Shield Bugs
  • Red Soldier Beetles
  • Kidney-Spot Lady-Bird
  • Harlequin Lady-Bird
  • Twenty-Two-Spot Lady-Bird
  • Long horned beetle (yet to be identified)
  • Spiders and Harvestmen (still working on these too!)
Dragonflies & Damselflies
  • Ruddy Darter
  • Red-Veined 
  • Black Tailed Skimmers
  • Brown Hawkers
  • Norfolk Hawker
  • Emperor 
  • Azure Damselfly
  • Blue Damselfly
  • Emerald Damselfly
Reptiles & Amphibians
Elephant Hawk Moth Caterpillar
  • Toads
  • Frogs
  • Common Lizard

  • Cinnabar Caterpillar
  • Cinnabar Moth
  • Silver-Y Moth
  • Several more species to be identified
  • Elephant Hawk Moth Caterpillar
Speckled Wood
  • Red Admiral
  • White Admiral (but another one that got away from the camera)
  • Peacock 
  • Meadow Brown
  • Painted Lady
  • Skipper
  • Speckled Wood
  • Gatekeeper (being a Gatekeeper!)
  • Swallowtail Caterpillar (I have seen the butterfly but never managed to photograph one!)

Pipistrelle Bat
  • Seals
  • Pipistrelle Bat (up close - more about that later)
  • Soprano Pipistrelle Bat
  • Rabbits
  • Stoat
  • Grey Squirrel
  • Muntjac Deer
  • Red Squirrel (but this one was captive and part of a breeding programme)

There were probably more that this but I didn't write a list as I was busy trying to photograph them. It was a great week, can't wait for my next holiday! I've got a few more rambles yet these holidays I hope to be able to add to this list. 
Esme :-)

By the way, my posts have been a little later these days as we've been out on lots of walks and getting in a little late. The reason for this is in this picture here. She arrived last Sunday and has been keeping the whole family quite busy! Many more walks will be needed!

Hope you enjoyed,



  1. An impressive list from a wonderful part of the world (though I may be biased!).

  2. Thank you for compiling your lists! I love the photos, can't wait for more, and the stories you hint at too. Little Esme such a cutie! Thanks again, such fun to follow vicariously as you meander. :-)

  3. Another great read Zac! I've always wanted to go to Norfolk as the list of amazing and beautiful wildlife that you saw shows. Considering your camera you've got a great shot of the Marsh Harrier along with the fab shot of the Pipistrelle Bat which when I done a Bat Survey this year gave beautiful views.

    It's great to see such a young person such as your self, getting so involved and being so dedicated with the Natural World. It's a shame that the youth of today just aren't in touch anymore. By reading your ace Blog anyone can tell that your going to achieve great things which I could only dream of doing. Keep on posting little dude.

  4. What a find with that little Bat Zach and the caterpillar is amazing! You got some brilliant shots here. - Tasha

  5. Thanks for all the lovely comments, so glad you enjoy my posts :-)