Saturday, 18 August 2012

Hot Birding

A days birding with Brendan, Paul and briefly the artist known as Tony Stride.
The temperature was 30+ all day. Our first stop was RSPB reserve Buckenham Marshes, here we met up with recovering scotch egg addict Tony S. A good selection of waders here including; Little Stint, Black-tailed Godwit, Snipe (12+), Green Sandpiper (6), Common Sandpiper (2), Wood Sandpiper (4) and Greenshank. Also here; Little Egret, Buzzard, Sand Martin, Egyptian Goose and a real bonus of a fly through Osprey. My heavily cropped Osprey pics below.

From Buckenham Marshes we travelled further into Norfolk where we were lucky to encounter no less than 4 Honey Buzzards. Good scope views were had but too far for photo's. Tony S left us here and we made our way to Winterton on Sea for a spot of sea watching.
Not too much to report from here but we did manage the following; Red-throated Diver (4), Little Tern (6), Sandwich Tern (c30), Mediterranean Gull, Common Gull, Great Black-backed Gull,  Grey Seal.

Next stop was Breydon Water; Avocet (c150), Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Curlew, Redshank, Godwit sp.

On our journey home we stopped in the Brecks at Santon Downham; Spotted Flycatcher (12+), Tree Pipit (5), Coal Tit (4), Nuthatch (2), Hobby, Buzzard. First two pics below are my Spotted Flycatchers then next two are Paul's Tree Pipit and Hobby.

Finally, also in the Brecks we encountered; Stone Curlew (2).

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