Thursday, 30 October 2014

........and now on to Titchwell

12th October 2014

After such a fantastic morning at Burnham Norton with the Steppe Grey Shrike I was wondering what Titchwell would hold. My last visit here was on the 7th September 2014 and what a day that was with Little Stint, Ruff and Curlew Sandpipers just yards away. Well time marches on and as expected the birds were thinning out and more distant.

Some new arrivals were this flock of Golden Plover roosting out on one of the spits. It was a pity that the sun didn't shine as then they would be illuminated, but we'll have to save that for another day.

Out on the beach the winter birds were building up with some small flocks of Brent Geese, Curlews and winter plumaged Grey Plovers.

But the star turn today was the humble and now very common Little Egret, which are often the subject of bird photographer cameras. However this one was slightly different as it was feeding just yards from the path. There was obviously hundreds of small fish in the shallow water as rather than walking stealthily along with a measured gait and an occasional stab at a target, this bird was rushing round frantically stabbing at everything. Although a great spectacle it didn't make the photography any easier........but who wants easy photography anyway???

This last photo made it to Explore on Flickr and received 30,000+ views. Amazing the difference a bit of spray makes.

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