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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

18th February

I have just returned from a few days in Norfolk in which I only managed to spend yesterday morning and late afternoon birding. Before returning to London this afternoon I popped down to Horsey Beach at 7.30am to see the seals, the light was fantastic and the beach deserted apart from a few hundred seals and 3 other people.

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This is a bad photo looking NE from the raptor watch point at Stubbs Mill. It is a great place to watch good numbers of Marsh Harriers, a few Hen Harriers, Merlins, and Common Cranes coming to roost at dusk. You would be right in thinking that this photo wasn’t taken at dusk. I find that it is best to get there at least a couple of hours before the main event, then you can often get the odd Hen Harrier or Cranes flying by in good visibility. There are also Barn Owls hunting in front of you, Chinese Water Deer feeding out in the open. You never know what can turn up, just keep looking.

You cannot beat getting out early on a clear crisp morning. The 100’s of seals on the beach at Horsey is great wildlife spectacle. They are quite relaxed, something that changes with an increase in the number of people turning up especially if they try and get to close.

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