Titchwell Marsh R.S.P.B. 15th October 2016

I had a visit to Titchwell today, it was going to be an early start but this was delayed because the weather first thing was damp and misty. Around about midday it finally got out, so i drove to Titchwell in the improving weather. At Choseley i saw a kestrel and a corn bunting on the wires and there were lots of starlings feeding in the hedgerow.  As i drove into the car park- at T"Well- i could see cars parked along the edge of the road, a full car park - as i expected - so i had a brief wait for a space.  I walked around the fen trail and soon came across a group of birders watching the bushes, after a few minutes a Yellow-browed Warbler was seen and we had  far views of the bird flitting through the branches. As the crowds appeared i walked towards the beach to look for waders that might be near the Island Hide. As i approached i could see that there was no birds to photograph as they were to distant, so i decided to go back for the yellow-browed warbler. I was by myself a first, however after a few minutes a crowd soon formed but this time the warbler came towards the path so we had some superb views as it was feeding and flitting through the outer branches of the trees. It was joined by passing long tailed tits, cettis warbler, blue tit and a chiff chaff which was easy to photograph as this came close as well. The shots of the YBW are not brilliant, however they are not bad as the hedgerow was shady and these birds are very quick as they flit through the branches after small insects. 

Titchwell R.S.P.B. 29th Sept 2016.

A trip to Titchwell started with a walk towards the beach, on the way numerous dragonflies were hawking along the main path, this is where i managed to get the shot of a common darter which was resting for awhile.
From the beach we saw a few shorebirds, this included a nice grey plover which was showing its black arm pits as it flew past. 
We seawatched for a good while seeing gannets, cormorants, gulls and a distant arctic skua dogfighting with a sandwich tern which did not give up its last meal.
On the way back the black-tailed godwit and the black-headed gull were in the channel next to the saltmarsh they were not disturbed by the camera shutter and carried on feeding as we passed by.
After some lunch we decided to go and have a look at Patsy's Pool, on the way I noticed a strange shaped aircraft in the sky, I took some shots, and from these I could see that i had photographed an Airbus A300-600ST Beluga- No1 of 5 i discovered from shots blown up- probably on its way to an Airbus factory in Hamburg, Germany -from their factory's in the U.K. one at Filton near Bristol and the other at Broughton, North Wales where they produce wings and sections for Airbus aircraft- where they are finally assembled.
We reached Patsy's Pool and sat on a bench, from here we saw little grebe, little egret, and the normal ducks, geese and common waterbirds feeding and resting on the pool.

Frampton Marsh R.S.P.B. June 4th 2016.

I dropped into Frampton on the way home, just in case the med gulls were about. But they had not been seen since early morning, so i took a walk towards the seat, and clicked these shots on the way back to the car park.

Choseley, Titchwell Marsh R.S.P.B and Flitcham Abbey Farm, Norfolk. 29th May 2016.

The weather today was disappointing for this time of the year, it was overcast, misty and the cold northerly wind made it very cool especially in the mornings. I decided to have a trip to Titchwell as its been awhile since my last visit. The journey was quiet for this time of the year, no doubt due to the unseasonable weather. On the way I stopped at Choseley hoping that the trip of Dotterel were still about. As i was looking for the Dotterel i noticed a pair of Red Legged Partridges feeding, taking no notice as i drove up beside them it enabled me to take some shots. I stopped at the bend in the road next, this is were i took the shots of the Whitethroat as he was dashing from hedge to hedge singing and displaying as he was trying to impress the local females.
The next stop was Titchwell, the car park again was quiet. I then walked the Fen Trail seeing Marsh Harrier and Cuckoo before reaching the nearest screen, here i saw the common species of ducks and geese, however 2 male Red Crested Pochard a sleep on the island was a good year tick.
I then continued down the bank to the island hide, i sat and watched Avocets, Redshank gulls and ducks, the swifts, swallows and martins were busy feeding over the freshmarsh so i decided to have a go at photographing them as they flew low over the water catching insects.  A quick walk around the car park before leaving was rewarding, as a male Blackcap sang from a nearby tree.
On the way home i dropped into the bird hide at Abbey Farm Flitcham to try a catch the Little Owls, two people were already there and one birder - who came from Scotland- had been there for 2 hours without any luck. As we were waiting for them to show a Wren and the Marsh Harrier were the close encounters of the day.

Holkham Park, Norfolk:- February 5th 2016.

I parked in the village car park and walked to the lake to see the ferruginous duck that had been there for a few days. I found the bird however it was very elusive and when it decided to go into the short reed growth to feed it became difficult to see. After about ten minutes Carl C (the whale expert) called to me to say that the bird was showing nearer to the middle of the lake. I grabbed my gear and quickly walked to where Carl was standing, and sure enough the duck was seen feeding on the bank. The duck then slowly walked down to the water, then swam passed to where it was feeding earlier. The shots are distant as the duck stayed on the other side of the lake, so these shots are record shots of a lifer for me. The wigeon were found down Lady Anne's Drive they were close to the road so this made it easier to get this shot.

Abbey Farm, Flitcham, Norfolk. 31st December 2015.

The long staying Pallid Harrier turned up at Abbey Farm on the 16th December after arriving at Snettisham from mid November. I joined other birders by the hedgerow that the harrier had chosen as a favourite place to hunt. We stood there quite awhile until a birder beside me shouted "PALLID HARRIER OVER DISTANT HEDGEROW" we then watched the bird until it dropped out of sight. After a short wait it appeared again this time flying away from us towards the water tower at Sandringham. I then drove and explored the area - with a few other birders in there cars- however the bird was not relocated and did not show at the farm anymore that day until mid afternoon. The shots here were taken whilst waiting for the harrier i also saw Linnets, Sparrowhawk, Merlin, 2 Buzzards and loads of Pink feet.

Beckenham Place Park, London, 29th. December 2015.

The family went for a walk in this local park during our stay in London, as we walked around a small party off parakeets flew into some trees, so i took the opportunity to take some shots.