But it was not just tits and warblers in among the reeds. It was lovely to see a few butterflies, including this Peacock in a sheltered spot below the raised path to Cley from Morston Quay.
We were just about to enjoy our picnic lunch when I noticed what I took from a distance to be a female Orange Tip, but when I drew near I realised it was actually a Green-veined White, another seasonal first for me. We actually saw several flying about near a patch of dandelions.
Unlike the Peacock butterfly, this black beetle was strolling along the top of the bank in the sunshine.
David noticed a streak of red in the brambles at the edge of the raised path, and it turned out to be the chest of a Linnet. I think this is my best view to date of a Linnet's back. What lovely pied markings on the tail.
There are usually quite a few Avocets on the Cley reserve. I was so hoping to take a photo of one in flight, but this will have to wait for another occasion. I see it is the 70th birthday of RSPB Minsmere (down the coast, into Suffolk) this weekend and that there is a new Avocet mug to mark the occasion.
These Bearded tit pictures below are definitely 'click-and-shoot' shots, but who could resist these magnificent little birds? And it seems to me that the 'beard' is definitely more of a moustache!
There were several ladybirds along the path to the sea at Cley.
I am puzzled by this one, though, as it looks very like an Eyed Ladybird,
but I don't think the habitat is quite right
as these insects are usually found on pine trees and other conifers.
Another insect for the UK Ladybird Survey...
I love this landscape of mere, reedbed, sea and sky. Tides and migrant birds come and go, just like the light and the shadows.
There was just time for a slice of malteaser cake on the terrace at NWT Cley before heading home to Suffolk.