Norfolk 8th to 11th January
It is always worth spending a few days in Norfolk and now that my wife has stopped working having a long weekend in Norfolk is something we will now be able to do.
The weather wasn't the best but we did have almost 2 dry sunny days but due to the amount of rain we had some areas were to muddy or flooded.
Below are a few of my better photos or one's that highlight the richness of the area east of the Norfolk Broads. I resisted the temptation to drive almost 2 hours to see the Pallid Harriers. I hope it hangs in for the rest of the winter, which should allow me to pop over at the end of February.
Whooper and Bewick's Swans at Ludham airfield
Snow Buntings on the coast near Sea Palling
Common Crane's in one of their favourite fields by the Horsey Straight
Golden Plovers were also in a soggy field near Ludham airfield with Lapwings
There were a couple of odd looking birds in the flock
There was a flock of at least a 1000 Pink footed Geese by the Horsey Straight, careful scanning yielded 2 Taiga Bean Geese. A juv female Peregrine flew over but the flock stayed put.
This Barn Owl was at Stubbs Mill raptor watch point. While there at least 30 Marsh Harriers, 1 ring-tailed Hen Harrier and 3 Crane's were came into roost. I left before they had all arrived so mist the later arriving Merlins and possibly male Hen's.