Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Norfolk - Day 3 and 4

On Christmas day we returned to Wells Beach. There were 6-7 Seals along with the usual waders. The biggest surprise of the trip was the Drake Red-Breasted Merganser which flew into the estuary briefly.
In the evening we decided to watch the Pinkfeet coming in to Lady Anns Drive. We watched around 3000 geese come into roost but before they arrived we spotted a raptor. The bird wast very distant (around 400 metres away), but large. The bird was easily buzzard sized and after some shocking photographs were taken, it was eventually decided the bird was one of the two Rough Legged Buzzards currently overwintering in the area.

On Boxing day we headed to Titchwell RSPB. The reserve itself was quiet apart from the 3000 Golden Plover found from the Parrinder Hide. The beach contained much more life with 1 Female Scaup on the sea along with around 20 Goldeneye. Waders included 100+ Bar-Tailed Godwit, 20+ Sanderling, 10 Dunlin, 6 Grey Plover, 70 Oystercatchers and nearly 200 Redshank.

Bar-Tailed Godwit

Grey Plover

Golden Plover

Rough Legged Buzzard

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