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Saturday, 17 September 2011

Website updated

As the weather was not so great I decided to spend some time on my website.  Please feel to visit and let me know what you think.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Norfolk Trip

As there is not a lot happening around the Midlands it was decided to head to trusty Norfolk.  Early start as usual to pick up Ken so we could make the most of the day.

When we arrived the sun was out for a change.  First stop was Salthouse where there were lots of Linnets, a few Wheatears and the odd wader on the pools. 

After a short stay to strecth the legs we headed off to Wells next to the sea.  This was the first time I had been down to the beach area.  Looks nice for sunbathing but not really alot around apart from a few little grebes on the lake next to the car park. 

From here we headed to Titchwell even though we had been warned it may be busy as a Little Bittern had been seen.  Upon arrival the car park was full and a bus load of people had just arrived.  We found a space in the car park and headed to the beach were we were hoping to see some waders.  It wasn't long when we came across a group of approx 30 people all looking into the reeds.  After speaking to the one guy he said he had been there for the last 2 1/2 hrs and all they saw was movement within the reeds.  That was enough for me and Ken so we continued up to the beach.  A few waders where on the pools but everything was 200 plus meters away :(  When we arrived at the beach the wind was so strong it was blowing sand all over us, neither of us dared to get the camera gear out in these conditions.  A small break whilst sitting behind the rocks gave us some shelter before heading back to the car.  On the way back the crowd of people had got a lot larger and there must have been 100 plus people blocking the path and bankment trying to get a look at the bittern.  One kind twicher let me see through his scope, the Bittern was approx. 1 foot within the reeds and you could only just make out what it was.  We soon continued one and had to push our way through the crowd of people. 

From here we decided to head back to Cley where hopefully it would be quieter.  In the middle hide we got some great views of a Little Egret which came out on a regular basis to feed, this was the highlight of the day and some great pics were captured.  Whilst in the hide we also saw 3 Marsh Harriers and had a great view of 5 spoonbills flying past us before returning back to the island. 

We are now starting to get to know the area better so hopefully the next trip at the end of Oct will result in some good pics.  Can't wait. 

Little Egret in flight

 Having a feed
 Enjoying the sun
 Back on dry ground
 Spoonbills in flight

Monday, 5 September 2011

Hard to find a subject

I am sure everybody else is feeling the same but the last few weeks it has been really hard to find anything to photograph.  I have been staying local at Cannock chase and did manage a few shots over the last week or so. 

A bonus is that one of the foxes is now turning up for its regular feed, the bad news is he just sits and waits until I leave to come out.