Thursday, 13 March 2014

North Norfolk Coast

On our first full day we decided to start off at Blakeney and and end up at Holkham.

We parked up at the Blakeney and went for a short walk along the estuary, this resulted in plenty of Brent Geese:
 More Brent:
 Little Egret:
 and Bar-tailed Godwit:
So not a bad start. After a coffee we headed down the road a bit and went to Cley. We didn't pay for the reserve we just used the coast road and the roads alongside the reserve. The highlights being a Skylark showing well, Egyptian Geese, Golden Plover and our first Marsh Harrier of the week;

Egyptian Goose:
 Marsh Harrier:
 Golden Plover:

We also stopped at Morston Quay, Burnham Overy Staithe and the 'ponds' at Stiffkey, non providing anything new or great photo opportunities, the weather being very changeable, wet and dull at times interspersed with some lovely sunshine.

We proceeded on to Holkham parked up and wandered down to the Washington Hide. Sadly by this time of the year all the Pink-footed Geese were well gone but there was plenty of Brent & Greylag about with the add few Canada & Egyptian Geese dotted about.

There were plenty of Wigeon, Teal, Oystercatchers and Mallard by the car park, a Goldeneye and Little Grebe on the pool by the walk to the hide.
Goldeneye in the fading light:
More Wigeon, Shelduck, Bar-tailed Godwits, Curlew, Mute Swan, Shoveler and Pheasant were plentiful from the hide, plus a few Muntjac dotted around:

So another good day, more to follow.........

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