Saturday, 24 December 2011

Norfolk - Day 2 ~24th December~

Went to Cley today in hope of seeing the Western Sandpiper which had been present for nearly 2 weeks. As soon as we entered the hide  (the name of which has escaped me!) we were told the sandpiper was on show next to a small group of Teal. I had my scope on the bird when it was immediately flushed by a Kestrel and that was it, I never saw the bird again!!! The birds on the lagoons were constantly being flushed by 2 Marsh Harriers which on one occasionally came reasonably close and allowed for a half decent record shot. Waders were the main attraction and Golden Plover, Lapwing, Dunlin, Ruff, Knot; just to name a few!!

After Cley, we went goose hunting. By this time the sun was beginning to set which meant the majority of the Pink Footed Geese were already heading to their roosts however we managed to find a small flock near Burnham. The majority of the geese were Greylag Geese but amongst them were 2 Pinkfeet and 1 White Fronted Goose. The birds were no more than 30 metres away allowing for some decent photographs, despite the appalling light!  Merry Christmas Everyone :-)

Golden Plover (and Lapwing)

Marsh Harrier

Pink Footed Goose

Western Sandpiper (Just!)

White Fronted Goose


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