Photographer captures 'astonishing' riverside wildlife

Martin Clarke has been capturing various photos of riverside wildlife in Norwich during the past year

Martin Clarke has been capturing various photos of riverside wildlife in Norwich during the past year - Credit: Martin Clarke

A city photographer has been making use of his free time during lockdown to capture stunning photographs of riverside wildlife.

Martin Clarke has spent the last year taking pictures of otters, herons, kingfishers and other animals between Carrow Bridge and Foundry Bridge. 

One of Martin Clarke's stunning wildlife images of a heron which was taken on Friday, May 14

One of Martin Clarke's stunning wildlife images of a heron which was taken on Friday, May 14 - Credit: Martin Clarke

He also captured photos of a "massive" seal resting under Carrow Bridge in April during the pandemic period. 

Mr Clarke said: "Stuck in our Riverside flat for a year I have resorted to taking photographs from the riverbank.

"It did not take long to realise that a city centre river has proved astonishing for the amount of wildlife readily viewable.

A heron pictured in Norwich on Friday, May 15 

A heron pictured in Norwich on Friday, May 15 - Credit: Martin Clarke

"First I made friends with the Egyptian geese who I hand feed every day. Then I began spotting kingfishers, herons and cormorants as well as grey wagtails and goldfinches." 


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Mr Clarke previously worked with naturalist Joy Adamson, author of Born Free, as a leopard handler and was frequently invited back to Kenya from 2009 to 2015.

Martin Clarke has enjoyed capturing riverside wildlife in Norwich during the coronavirus pandemic 

Martin Clarke has enjoyed capturing riverside wildlife in Norwich during the coronavirus pandemic - Credit: Martin Clarke

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