Thursday, 25 August 2016

Titchwell Freshmarsh and Island Hide

18th August 2016

A few days visiting family in Norfolk so time for a couple of hours at Titchwell. As we were walking up the path to the Island Hide my wife Jenny reminded me that a couple of years ago there was a family of newly hatched Sedge Warblers hunkered down in the reeds quite close to the path. Unbelievably as we approached exactly the same spot a small group of people were focusing their binoculars and cameras into the reeds.

And there, just a few yards from the path were three young Sedge Warblers all huddled together, either to keep warm or for a feeling of security. How amazing is that?

Not too much going on in the air apart from the usual flocks of Canada Geese commuting from the fresh-marsh to the salt-marsh in search of grazing.

Once inside the Island Hide there were surprisingly few waders around but luckily plenty of interest right outside the windows. First up was this lovely juvenile Shelduck which came so close that at one point I couldn't get it all in the frame. Also a single Redshank provided some shots as it fed quite close.

In the nearby shallows were the compulsory Avocets which appear to have no fear of hides or humans and continued to strut their stuff. No little wonder that they are the most photographed birds at Titchwell.

But the stars of the show today were the Ruffs which were also very confiding. This adult was in front of the hide, and the juveniles below were further along the track going towards the sea. What an amazing couple of hours and hopefully we will be able to come back tomorrow to have a look at the saline lagoons and the beach, so watch this space.

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