Saturday, 27 March 2010

The Bittern and the Grebe

The Salvonian Grebe continued with
it's stay on the Activity Lake at Top Barn
Farm, and with a decent forecast for
Saturday I could hardly resist another
go at it, here's a shot from the

A trip to Upton Warren was next to
try and grab a few shots of a very
showy Bittern.

It had been reported most of the
week from the North Moors pool.
I arrived to find a couple of my
mates grabbing a few photo's as it had
already been showing quite well that

Bob had said "that it seemed to be
showing on the hour" more or less.
We sat and waited as it was about
an hour since it was last seen, sure
enough out from the reeds crept
the bittern.

The bittern continued to show really
well, stalking the reeds in search of it's
next meal. I think it must of caught at
least six good sized roach while I was
there, We assumed it must have been
preparing itself for it's journey onto
it's breeding grounds wherever they
maybe, here's just a small amount
of the shots I managed to get.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Rain Stop's Play! - Part 3 - Salthouse

Salthouse proved a little better, Snow Bunting
being the main quarry, although photographing
them was a bit of a task, mainly due to the
amount of people milling around in such a small
area. The average weekend photographer or
holiday maker took chase causing the birds to
take to the air.
The main bird photographers had other plans, they
laid there traps (small amounts of seed stratigically
placed) and sat and waited for them to come.
Eventually most decided to adopt the sit and
wait approach and most came away with a decent
shot or too.

Apart from the Snow Buntings there were Turnstones
and Teal close by which provided us with something
to do while the Snow Buntings weren't playing.

The day virtually at an end we decided to use the
last available bit of light there was at Titchwell as
we were rained of in the morning.

The main reserve was pretty quite to be fair, and
what there was, was a fair way off for photographs.

The beach was better though with Turnstone,
Oystercatcher and Sanderling being the main species,
we settled down and made the most of light.

Here's just a small amount of what I got!

Not a bad day considering the ever changing weather.
Sunday was a complete wash out. The Met predicted
heavy rain and they didn't let us down. I awoke at
06.ooam ready for another go and hoped the Met
were wrong but just for a change they were
right!.. Bloody Marvelous.
That brought the weekend to a close rather quickly,
so in one and a bit days I did get to see and
photograph what I wanted, but it could have been
better, here's hoping for a better week in June...
I've got a week planned.

Monday, 15 March 2010

Rain Stops Play! - Part 2 - Holkam

Holkam - A massive exspanse of beach and quite
daunting when you first see it, especially when
your looking for small birds.

My Dad and I made our way through the woods
to the start of the beach, not really sure where to
go first we made our way to the shoreline.

With little effort we soon found Oystercatcher and
Redshank feeding within the channels that the tide
had made, far to spooky though for photographs and
the dreaded weather had started again.

As we made our way accross the beach we spoke to
a couple of birders who quickly pointed us in the
right direction for the Shorelark, It didn't take us
long to find them, about 14 were feeding quite
Photographing them was quite tricky as the rain
didn't let up!

With time pressing on we made our way to the
car, just as we were packing our bit and pieces
away a Barn Owl started to hunt the field next
to us.

The camera was soon back out of the bag!!

Next Salthouse!

Friday, 5 March 2010

Salvonian Grebe

A first for Holt.. if I'm right, and I just couldn't let it go
without first seeing it.

The bird had settled at Top Barn Farm on the edge
of Holt Fleet.

When I arrived late yesterday afternoon the bird was
some 30 feet from the bank, as I settled down into
position I couldn't believe my luck when it started to
swim towards me, at one point I struggled to focus. As
a result all the below pictures are virtually all full
frame shot's.

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Rain Stops Play!

My first visit to Norfolk was about to be spoilt by the good
old british weather. I'd hoped for a couple of hours birding
when we arrived on Friday but the strong winds and heay rain
soon put pay to that, We could only hope that the sunny spells
forecast for Saturday came through.
Saturday morning came around and as usual I was up nice and
early along with my dad who was accompanying me on this
visit, we were soon ready and on our way to our first stop

We arrived at Titchwell and within a few minutes of getting
underway the heavens opened, it just started to spit at first
but soon turned fairly heavy (not the best for photography)
we soon made our way to the first hide (Parrinder I think it
was called) mainly for bit of cover, as there wasn't really
much to speak of in view.

The rain only lasted half an hour before it started to ease up
and we decided to make a move up towards the beach.
As we made our way onto the beach we could see that
the tide was just starting to ebb and there were plenty of
birds in view including Oystercatcher's Sanderling, Black Tailed
Godwit's and Turnstone.

I tried made best to get as close as I could to the Birds just so
I could get a few shots, as I did (and was almost ready) the
bloody heavens opened up again..Bloody marvelous. I couldn't
believe my luck.

For the rest of our time at Titchwell it pretty much stayed the
same, rain stopping and starting never really easing off for
any time. I did mange a few shots of Turnstone in between
showers which was nice.

Next we thought we'd try Holkham for the Shorelark that
had been reported.