2016: A spectacular year for Norfolk nature

Painted lady butterfly taken at Strumpshaw in May 2016. Picture: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS

Painted lady butterfly taken at Strumpshaw in May 2016. Picture: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS - Credit: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS

From the coast to the Broads, Norfolk is a treasured habitat for many species.

A bee-eater photographed in Winterton. Picture: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS

A bee-eater photographed in Winterton. Picture: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS - Credit: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS

Professional wildlife photogaphers Robert and Jill Wilson, of Rapture Photographics, have picked out their favourite shots of nature from across the county from 2016.

A black-tailed godwit pictured in Norfolk in 2016, Picture: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS

A black-tailed godwit pictured in Norfolk in 2016, Picture: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS - Credit: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS

The husband and wife team, who live in Surlingham, lead wildlife photography workshops in Norfolk and run a Kodak Express business on St Johns Close, Norwich.

A bullfinch pictured on Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve. Picture: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS

A bullfinch pictured on Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve. Picture: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS - Credit: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS

Mr Wilson, 53, has been a professional wildlife photographer and twitcher for nearly 30 years.

A desert wheatear pictured at Burnham Overy. Picture: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS

A desert wheatear pictured at Burnham Overy. Picture: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS - Credit: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS

He taught his 51-year-old wife the tricks of the trade and she is now also a published photographer.

A dunlin spotted at Sea Palling. Picture: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS

A dunlin spotted at Sea Palling. Picture: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS - Credit: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS


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Many of their photos are taken in their back garden in Surlingham.

A fox spotted on the outskirts of Norwich. Picture: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS

A fox spotted on the outskirts of Norwich. Picture: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS - Credit: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS

A flock of knot bird off the Hunstanton coast. Picture: RAPTURE PHOTIGRAPHICS

A flock of knot bird off the Hunstanton coast. Picture: RAPTURE PHOTIGRAPHICS - Credit: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS

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A lapland bunting at Blakeney fresh marsh. Picture: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS

A lapland bunting at Blakeney fresh marsh. Picture: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS - Credit: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS

A little owl in Loddon. Picture: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS

A little owl in Loddon. Picture: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS - Credit: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS

A young grey seal pup at Blakeney. Picture: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS

A young grey seal pup at Blakeney. Picture: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS - Credit: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS

A peregrine falcon on Norwich Cathedral. Picture: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS

A peregrine falcon on Norwich Cathedral. Picture: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS - Credit: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS

A scarce chaser photographed on Strumpshaw Fen. Picture: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS

A scarce chaser photographed on Strumpshaw Fen. Picture: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS - Credit: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS

A male shovelor in Norfolk this year. Picture: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS

A male shovelor in Norfolk this year. Picture: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS - Credit: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS

A waxwing bird spotted in Norfolk this year. Picture: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS

A waxwing bird spotted in Norfolk this year. Picture: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS - Credit: RAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHICS

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