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Sunday, 26 October 2008

In Norfolk birding...

This morning it was grey and very wet. Not the most ideal day for birding. But as I lay in bed whilst daylight started to dawn, I was regaled with the sound of many geese flying over to start their day - wonderful stuff!

Diane, Keith, Dave and Joy joined Pete and I for breakfast - full English again, which was very filling (Note to self: think about diet upon return home - and not before!)

We set off for Titchwell again hoping to see Firecrest but we were disappointed. Not a great deal about but, despite the rain, the strong winds of yesterday had gone completely so it was possible to stay upright! But we were rewarded with the sight of a bittern flying over very close to the hide we were in. Great stuff!!

From there we went on to Cley where we had lunch at the visitor centre and then headed off for the North Hide, as we'd learnt that a Grey Phalarope had been seen. Before we reached there, it had gone so we decided to head back for other hides.

We walked into the first hide to be told - Grey Phalarope over there on the far bank!! AnD indeed it was; great stuff and a lifer for me. Pity Dave and Joy had had to go and missed it!

The rain eventually stopped and we had some sunshine. Another good day for birds including (and in addition to the more expected birds):

Bittern flying over
Grey Phalorope
Barn Owl
Black-tailed Godwits
Large skeins of geese flying over and coming in
and 4 Marsh Harriers

Most of the birds were too far away for pictures, but just a few to set the scene (record shots only)

and again, as the day ends and darkness has now fallen, the geese have once again flown over to go to their roost!

Another great day and some good company again.


Anonymous said...

You've captured the 'concerted' flight of geese brilliantly.

Tricia Ryder said...

Thanks Carin - just so frustrated that all these great birds are too far away to photograph to my exacting standards!!

Goosey said...

Wonderful, I was in Blakeney a couple of weeks ago, fab place.

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