Snettisham & Titchwell Trip.

Sunday 13/3/16:- Mainly sunny all day, with the temperature reaching 8ºC. Although the drive up to Norfolk was hell. Driving in thick Fog with only 100 metres visibility, for nearly 2 hours of the 3 hour journey, was a nightmare.

Going to post my photos as the day unfolded for me and Ken….

Snettisham RSPB:-

With less and less sightings of Grey Partridge in the West Midlands, it’s really a highlight to see one these days. Plus I have never managed to photograph a Grey Partidge, which made it even better…

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Talking of rare sightings in my neck of the woods, it’s hard to believe Greenfinches were once my commonest garden bird…

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I’ve called this photo Cleopatra the Oystercatcher…

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Distant Little Grebe…

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Unlike last year when the tide was out at Snettisham, and there were plenty of Knot on the shoreline. This time the tide was right in, so we only saw around six. The only photo opportunity we got was this distant flight photo…

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Two Ringed Plover…

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This Pied Wagtail was busy looking for a meal on one of the Holiday Chalets…

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Adult Winter plumage…Common Gull…

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Titchwell RSPB..

On arrival at Titchwell, it’s always good idea to check the feeders out. Up to five Brambling   were visiting them. Including this Male and Female…

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The Avocet numbers seemed to have gone down the last few years at Titchwell. But at least this one came close to give us a photo opportunity….

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A small flock of Snow Buntings were on the beach, and also dashing in and out the dunes. Got quite a few photo’s. But I can’t decide which is my best. So I will post some of the better ones…

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Although very sunny with blue skies, the day still had a chilly strong wind. Especially on the beach. These two Turnstones landed and soon got out of the wind, for a rest…

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We didn’t get any close views of Marsh Harrier, this very high Female, that flew directly over our heads was the nearest we got…

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With three Marsh Harriers flying around Titchwell, no wonder this Redshank is looking up…

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Distant Brent Goose…

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Fly over Shelduck…

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Wren…

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As with the Marsh Harriers, we didn’t get many close views of Little Egret, so this distant photo had to do…

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Two male Teals. One of the things I love to see on some ducks is the vermiculated feathers, as you can see down the side, of this Teal in the first photo…

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Bar-Tailed Godwit…

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Two Curlews, one with an itch…

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A noisy row broke out between the Oystercathers. The Oystercather making the most noise, was this one in the photo. It was guarding a Starfish under it’s feet. Luckily the Oystercatcher in the background, seems to have found a tasty clam/meal of its own to eat…

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Unlike Snettisham, by the time me and Ken got to the beach at Titchwell the tide was out. I was hoping for closer photo opportunities of the next few species. So distant photo’s had to be the order of the day..

Dunlin…

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Sanderling, plus a size comparison with two winter plumaged Gulls…

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Grey Plover…

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I’m not very good with winter plumaged gulls. But going by the pale window, on the inner primaries, I would say this is a 1st winter Herring Gull…

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Close to where we saw the Snow Buntings, there was a dead Seal, which had been washed up onto the dunes. In the very far distance, there was another large seal shaped object on the beach. With no movement, we presumed it was another dead Seal, and mainly ignored it for the next hour or so whilst on the beach. Later.. not sure if it was me or Ken, but while scanning for other birds, one of us noticed it lift its head up. With the beach really quiet, we decided to go and have a closer look. Turns out it was a Grey Seal. We did not get to close, so as not to distress it. Took a few photo’s and left it to enjoy the late afternoon sun, and fall back to sleep. We reckon it had about an hour to wait before the tide came in.     What a Great way to end the Day….

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Well almost, we did see this Jay in the Car Park…

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70 species of Bird ticked for the Day Trip to Norfolk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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