Monday, 8 February 2010

Sunday Snow Buntings

Had a brilliant day trip up to Norfolk on Sunday. Already my 2nd Norfolk trip of the year, as a novice birdwatcher and photographer it really is a top spot to hone my skills and really appreciate some great winter birds before they all clear off! I was joined by Dan Trim and Ed Taylor who really helped make it a top day despite the weather, the "drop anchor in poo bay" comment will be hard to forget! Enjoy....

The day began with a Barn Owl, some Hare's and plenty of Robins at Titchwell...this fella was tempted to land in Dan's hand!

Black Tailed Godwit

Spotted Redshank complete with breakfast, not quite as good as the bacon sarnie i wolfed down though!

Bittern coming in to land

Titchwell was a nice start, was great to see the massive Scoter raft, a Weasel and a Mealy Redpoll. We left Titchwell and a brief stop off alongside a load of birdwatchers near Holkham lead to a great conversation which helped us conclude that we just weren't that interested in seeing a Snow Goose! We saw another Barn Owl and arrived at Salthouse.

"How do we use these things again?!"

The Teal loved our seed!

1 of "our" 2 Snow Buntings that kept us busy and caused us to get extremely muddy and wet!

My only in-flight shot but am pleased with it!

This Dunlin may have preferred Dan to me but he was still extremely confiding

Some more Snow Bunting pics....

The day unfortunately had to end but we did manage to cram in Whitlingham Country Park which produced a Great Northern Diver and this Red Necked Grebe, my first and another funny moment with the sprint to the bushes to photograph it!
All in all a great day, the weather did it's best to beat us and Ed's car sickness almost threatened the whole operation but we soldiered on through and enjoyed another classic Norfolk day! Cheers guys!

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