Friday, 2 September 2016

Titchwell Beach and the Parinder Hide

19th August 2016

After a superb day yesterday in the Island Hide, straight on today to see what the Parinder Hide had to offer. Not too much in front of the hide and, in any case, the sun was not from the best direction. However, to the left a Meadow Pipit was having a bath in the shallows to get rid of all that dust. One of the many Teal was also having a tidy-up.

To the east of East Bank there was a large flock of Spoonbills which now and then would get up into the air for a fly around, sometimes landing on the fresh-marsh albeit mostly distant. Just imagine the excitement that that would have caused 10 years ago.

On the other side of the Parinder Hide overlooking the saltwater lagoon a Curlew was working its way along one of the many creeks cut out by successive tides. You would think they would have got the hang of this by now, but they still lose their balance quite frequently and use their wings to steady themselves.

Having left the Parinder and rejoined the path to the beach I was puzzled by a wader feeding quite close to the path some 50 yards further along the path. When I got there I was amazed to see that it was a juvenile Knot. I have seen hundreds of Knot at Titchwell over the years, but never this close. Sometimes it came within 15 yards. What a bonus!!

Finally on to the beach which was fairly deserted, of both people and birds, with just a handful of Oystercatchers, Curlews and Bar-tailed Godwits right out on the distant shoreline as the tide was right out. This Bar-tailed Godwit was the most cooperative, allowing some ground shots and then a sequence of flight shots. What a superb way to end the day.

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