The best laid plans...... The intention was for Pete and I to go to Norfolk with a particular agenda in mind. Well we managed breakfast at the usual spot - I managed to get through the "other" spot with the nasty speed camera (my car not having had its picture taken on this occasion) and we drew into the car park in Sculthorpe to take stock. But the rain, which had been forecast to be light and clearing late morning, was now chucking it down in torrents. So what now? Norfolk seemed to be not an option as we couldn't have walked anywhere in the rain so we decided on Welney.
A few Whooper Swans had already arrived but not the in the usual numbers - yet! The sky was leaden and consequently the light was awful but nevertheless a couple of pictures were managed.
It was good to stretch the legs but we didn't see the Cranes that are currently at Welney.
As we arrived back in the car park - Pete suggested I peer through a pair of padlocked gates. In the shrubs on the far side were dozens of House Sparrows flying up and down. So I squeezed the camera through the gap in the gates and managed a record shot of some of them.
So where now? We'd intended to have Crab sandwiches and crayfish again in Mortson, but that not being possible we stopped at a Tesco's and bought sandwiches (Crayfish but not a patch on Morston's crayfish or their crab sandwiches!) Then headed south to Fisher's Green. My first visit there and it was lovely to sit and watch all the birds dashing back and forth to the feeders. Constant movement and fluttering of wings...
I was still not happy with any of the pictures I'd taken and was getting really frustrated. Pete then noticed I'd not got IS (image stabilization) switch on on the lens. I never switch it off so hadn't checked it!! Hey ho.
Just a few of the afternoon visitors...
Just before we left the sun made an appearance but a little too late really. Pity we didn't make it to Norfolk but it was a varied day and we got to see some birds - without getting wet!
And another great meal to finished off the day. :D Thanks Pete.
(the diet starts tomorrow)
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