26.2.17.

Titchwell RSPB & Holkham Gap Trip, with Ken.

We had half an hour sun, and the rest of the day was very dull…14ºC

These Pink-footed Geese were the only two photos I managed with the sun totally out. There were at least 100 Pink Feet. It’s a shame the rest of the day was not this sunny.  Unfortunately it started to go dull not long after this. I ended up working with an high ISO for most of the day…

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On arrival at Holkham we saw at least 500 Wigeon…

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Our main reason for visiting Holkham Gap was to see the flock of Shorelark. There were around 20 birds, but unfortunately they were disturbed to often for me to get any decent photos….

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With the Shorelarks now on our Year List, it was time to go to Titchwell RSPB reserve. I was hoping for a Brambling to pop up for my year list. So it was nice to see and photograph this one…

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We saw two Siskins busy feeding on Alder seeds…

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On the reserve itself it was turning windy, and most of the Avocet grouped together…

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I was hoping for a better Gull day, with a reported Glaucous Gull flying up and down the coast. But we only got to see the usual cast….

Black-headed Gull…

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Herring Gull…

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Great Black-backed Gull…

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Anybody who as ever sea watched, will know Scoters are usually way out at sea, and really hard to photograph. Luckily on this day, they were as close to the shoreline as I have ever seen them. In this photo there are Common and Velvet Scoters. The Velvet Scoters are the birds with the small white patch on their faces. Also the bird stretching its wings showing a white underwing is a Velvet Scoter…

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Thanks to Ken for this photo. It’s obviously me sinking in the sand, and you can just make out the Scoters…

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While taking the above photos, I had a few fly pasts over the sea..

Oystercatchers…

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Plus this Curlew…

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As the tide was coming in, and me trying hard to get a decent Velvet Scoter photo, I was  unknowingly surrounded by Sanderling. I think this was my favourite part of the day. Especially when I noticed one running to a fish on the surface. I’m pretty sure it’s a form of Loach. Both me and Ken then watched this tiny wader try to kill off and eat this fish. At times I did wonder if the Sanderling would give up, especially how it kept wrapping it’s tail round the Sanderlings bill. But after about 5 minutes, it swallowed it down…But it was a struggle at times, and the Loach did not give up without a fight.

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Dunlin with a itchy head…

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Walking off the beach, I noticed something I have not seen, since I used to holiday in Mid Wales. It’s called a Mermaid’s Purse, and is the protective case for either a Shark or Ray egg. I did look this one up, and using my hand for measurements, I now know this is a Lesser-spotted Dogfish, or to give it it’s other name…Small-spotted Catshark…

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I was lucky enough to have a Water Rail show well again. That’s twice in just over a week…

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The day ended with three species of Raptor

Male and Female Marsh Harrier…

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This Peregrine Falcon put most of the reserves birds in the air…

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Then this Red Kite flew high over, which I must admit was a surprise…

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74 for species added to the trip tick list….

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Thanks to Ken for the photo of me, and doing the above list. Also thanks for your cup of tea. But next time I’d prefer it in a cup, and not over my trouser…LOL

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