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Monday, January 30, 2017

A winters weekend in Norfolk

Norfolk 28th & 29th January

I was lucky that after days of grey skies in London, I woke on Saturday morning to a beautiful sunrise in North Norfolk.

Below are a few pictures from the weekend


Dartford Warbler on the coastal heathland







Grey Partridges, the female is in a plumage I cannot recall ever seeing before.






The coastal fields by Weybourne were full of Pink-footed Geese, in the background you can see the dangers for migrating birds that cross the North Sea.


Tundra, European and possibly one Greenland White-fronted Goose were 
among the Pink-feet 









White-fronted Geese come in off the sea at Eccles


The fragile sandy cliff at Happisburgh shows signs that the recent storms have taken away more of the land.


Sanderling on the beach near Sea Palling, waders are few here due to the constant movement of the sands, meaning that food is harder to find.





Turnstone 



A flutter of Snow Buntings, they really blend in with the flints on the beach.








Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The is it or isn't it Stonechat

Richmond Park

I had to drive through the park this morning so thought I would pop and see the possible Siberian Stonechat. I had hoped that the sun would have appeared by then, it wasn't but soon popped out for a few minutes. This gave me to grab a few shots though not one of the bird flying.

Below are a few more images showing the bird in different light conditions












Monday, January 09, 2017

A gloomy few days in Norfolk

Norfolk in the murk

I am making sound worse than it actually was. The days that I had put aside to spend a few hours birding were on the whole quite gloomy and misty with a bit of drizzle thrown in. The best day with sun from sunrise through to late afternoon was the day my car went for a service. 

Below are a few of the more interesting photos I managed to take. 


    The only wader apart from the small flock of regular wintering Turnstone's was this 
    Sanderling.
    A couple of distant Tundra Bean Geese took off with over 2,000 Pink feet just as I arrived at 
    the viewing area.
    Before they had all got airborne I picked out this lone Barnacle Goose. 
    I went goose hunting over at Choseley one morning but the sun that had been forecast didn't 
    show in the time that I had allowed. I headed back east to see the Snow Bunting's at 
    Salthouse. On arriving at the end of beach road I was met with big waves crashing against 
    the shingle beach. It was beginning to come over the top and I was slightly worried that it 
    might breach it and flood the area and with it my car.


    Luckily enough the tide had peaked and disaster was averted for now.



    This 3rd winter Glaucous Gull flew over my head as I waited for the 
    Snow Buntings to work their way towards me.



    The Whooper and Bewick's Swans on the old Ludham Airfield were slightly closer this visit.

    The yellow-legged Bewick's Swan that I have seen on two previous winters had returned.

    Later that day a report of a Tundra Bean Goose on the airfield made my mind up as to where     I would go the next morning. 
    It didn't take me long to pick up the only grey goose on the airfield the next morning. Was 
    this the bird reported yesterday, being a lone bird made me think it was. The trouble was 
    that once I'd looked at it through bins I could see that this was just a lone Pink-foot and 
    possibly misidentified because it was further away the day before. 


    Another report of possibly 12 Tundra Bean Geese in with several 1,000 Pink-feet only a few       miles down was to hard to resist even though I still had my wife in the car. I asked her to 
    keep her eye's peeled for geese on her side of the road. Well it would have been impossible
    to miss them, they covered almost the entire Sugar Beet field and these fields are huge. I 
    pulled over by a farm gate and looked back, I was slightly to low to scan the field properly
    so once I was sure there weren't any Tundra Beans on this side I turned around and went 
    back to a nearby lane. It didn't take me long to pick up 5 Tundras, 3 unfortunately dropped
    out of sight over the ridge. These 2 stayed in view until I felt my other half was getting to
    cold.