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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A long weekend in Norfolk

I returned from a rather chilly weekend (5 days) in Norfolk. The weather was changeable ranging from clear blue skies to wintery sleet showers that turned into heavy rain. We also had periods  when it was completely overcast and on the last day I awoke to dense fog to the west of our house and bright sun to the east. Oh and then we had at times freezing northerly winds which have caused the waves to remove a large amount of sand where the Little Tern colony is.

Here are a few photos I took between chores, which started with washing the windows.


 Windows cleaned I was then able to get out and see what I could find.         
 On the coast near Sea Palling a few surfers were trying to ride the waves.


 Two days later it was the turn of the wind surfers to have ago.


 The Turnstone's on the sea front at Walcott were picking insects off the sea wall.
They seemed to prefer chips that were thrown for the gulls by members of the public.

On a good day as many as 50 Snow Buntings were on the coast near Sea Palling.








 A flock of up to 5,000 Pink-footed Geese could be found along the Horsey Straight.


I spotted this Short-eared Owl drop down into the long grass in this field as I drove along. I jumped out of the car camera in hand and watched this Kestrel steal his afternoon meal.








 When the Shorties stopped flying I enjoyed good views of this Barn Owl.


 If possible during the winter months I pop down to Great Yarmouth's sea front to have a look at their wintering flock( I saw 50) of Mediterranean Gulls.













A small group of Sanderlings was on the shore.



 There were 4 Roe Deer feeding in a field early one morning.

4 comments:

Arjun Dutta said...

Fantastic pictures!
Wish my photography was that good!
Barn Owls hate me, as no matter how hard I look, day or night, they never give a show.
Where are the best places to see them?
Arjun

Joe Beale said...

Great photos as ever. One mis-caption though: Sanderlings rather than Dunlins?

Tony Duckett said...

I think it is a case of if you know where they are regularly seen then spending sometime on a mid afternoon on a crisp day during the winter. If there has been a couple of nights previously where they haven't been able to hunt that improves your chances of seeing them. I know of several places in Norfolk where I often see them and if you were thinking of going there one day I could email you those sites.

Tony Duckett said...

Hi Joe.

Thank you for flagging that mistake. I was going to include a shot of some Dunlin crouched down out of the wind but as it wasn't a great photo I binned it but still had it in my mind when adding my captions.