I have had to sort out my photographs (over 500), which is why I am posting this now.
I decided to make a few targets for myself before I went. I wanted to get a photograph of a Marsh Harrier in flight, and to also see them hunt. Marsh Harriers are such magnificant looking birds. I knew it would be a hard task to photograph them in flight, but I was prepared to give it a go. Watching them hunt would be easy if I knew the birds hunting grounds, and this would involve me studying them.
Here is where I went and what I did over the couple of days:
Arrived in Norfolk mid morning. The first stop was Blakeney Point to check out the boat times for the seal trip. I saw a Yellowhammer going into Blakeney, that was a first for this year. There is a wildlife pond at Blakeney with exotic bird species, here are photographs of some of them:
Unknown (could be a hybrid):
Avocets at East Bank:
At night, the campite was surrounded by calling Tawny Owls.
At 5.00am the dawn chorus began, what a wonderful way to start off the day. We arrived at Cley NWT with a day permit at about 8.00am. The weather was wonderful and a great way to start off the morning. At Cley there were Black Tailed Godwits, Marsh Harriers, Redshank and a lot more.
On the way back to the car from the hides, there was a faint rustling in the reeds, when I checked it out, it was a Bearded Tit, it must have only been about a meter away from me. That made me happy. Then by the car there was a Dunnock singing.
If you look closely at this picture, you can see some of the birds courting, e.g. in the centre of the photograph.
After leaving Blakeney it was back to Cley village to a place called Cley Eye (west of Cley NWT), where there had been sightings of a Lapland Bunting, I had been a few times to try and see it, but failed everytime. This time, I was in look, I was on the way back to the car, after waiting a while, and on the way back, there it was. It was the highlight of the day so far. I had never seen a Lapland Bunting before, I had only ever seen them in books. Seeing the Lapland Bunting was a first for me.
In the evening I thought it would be the icing on the cake if I managed to see a Barn Owl before I went home. So me and my dad went to Cley NWT and had a look there, as the saltmarsh has a good source of food for the Owls, yet there was nothing. There was a fantastic sunset though making it a really lovely evening especially with the Marsh Harriers hunting all around me. Norfolk is known for its superb sunsets, I was lucky enough to witness a fantastic one.
Just when I had given up looking there it was........ a Barn Owl, on the way back to the campsite on an information sign at East Bank. So a fantastic day.
We arrived at Titchwell at 9.45, and there was a lot of bird activity. Throughout the day we saw a lot, including Marsh Harriers, Brent Geese, Chiffchaff, Black Tailed Godwits and Bramblings. I also heard a lot of Cettis Warblers calling.
Brambling (top right):