Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Norfolk Day

Had a day around Norfolk with Matt on Sunday. Glorious sunshine was predicted but we never saw the sun until 2pm! Typical! We began at Salthouse, haven't been there since February with the Snow Buntings so it was interesting to see the pools practically dried out and very little birdlife around, this Redshank in flight was the only image i managed....

We then had a mooch around Cley and Brancaster, we saw Marsh Harriers at both places...

...and this Black Headed Gull who looked a bit bedraggled and was walking with a limp but appreciated the fish!

We left North Norfolk and moved our way down the coastline to Winterton Dunes to see the Wryneck that was reported in the morning. Upon arrival we were told by 1 member of the grumpy group of birders that it hadn't been seen for over an hour, the rest of the group never even looked at us let alone said hello! We stayed for an hour, had a wander and a look for ourselves before moving on....

We finally reached Strumpshaw Fen and as we pulled up the sun came out and stayed out for the rest of the afternoon! As we walked the reserve we came across a Pheasant family taking a dust bath and a nap, they were very tolerable as we sat down next to them and appreciated how beautiful they are whilst other simply stomped past without even a glance!

The sun brought out the Dragonflies and Butterflies including the famous Swallowtail, we saw 4 individuals which was amazing!

This male Pheasant was also just as confiding if not more as it followed us up the path!

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