Garth Peacock
Two visits to West Norfolk in one week


Week ending 11th May 2018

Thursday 17th May 2018

Local trips.

Tuesday 24th April 2018

Scotland - the last three days

Wednesday 18th April 2018

Scotland day 6

Tuesday 17th April 2018

Scotland - Day 5 - A mammal day

Friday 13th April 2018

Scotland - Days 3 & 4

Thursday 12th April 2018

Scotland - Day2

Tuesday 10th April 2018

Scotland - Day 1

Wednesday 4th April 2018

Catch-up time on nothing much.

Monday 12th March 2018

A trip to Northamptonshire

Tuesday 27th February 2018

What a delightful surprise

Monday 5th February 2018

What a week it wasn't

Sunday 4th February 2018

Week ending 19th January 2018

Monday 22nd January 2018

First outing of 2018

Monday 8th January 2018

A snowy start to the week.

Saturday 16th December 2017

Sucesses and failures in equal measure

Wednesday 13th December 2017

A morning of common birds

Sunday 26th November 2017

Wicken Fen Cambridgeshire

Tuesday 21st November 2017

The past ten days.

Thursday 16th November 2017

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Wednesday 29th March 2017

West Norfolk is my fall-back destination when I cannot think of anywhere else to go. It is just over an hours drive for me on a good traffic day and, with decent weather forecast on Tuesday 21st, I headed North.

My usual trip is to Hunstanton cliffs and then Thornham harbour with a possible diversion to Holme Dunes NWT depending on the time of the year. Problem was that the road between Holme and Thornham is currently closed during weekdays for road repairs. My Sat Nav took me to Burnham Overy so a quick call into Burnham Overy Staithe to see if anything of interest was there. Only bird was a Ringed Plover.

so I made my way back to Thornham harbour via Brancaster Staithe harbour which was even more disappointing than Burnham Overy Staithe - zilch!!! The main problem, I think was that there was a strong South westerly wind (not forecast, of course) so the birds were keeping to the sheltered areas

The usual Curlews were at Thornham. Seems surprising to me that Curlews are now considered to be endangered - I must have counted 20 or so in the area, with one posing nicely after a short fly-by to get my attention.

By now it was lunchtime so I decided to spend the afternoon at Titchwell RSPB. The usual Sanderlings on the beach - just cannot resist them despite having loads of photos of them already.

With the strong wind, I decided to try flight shots with the Canon 5dmk4 attched to the 500 lens and a 1.4 converter. Very pleased with the results.

I then relocated to a bench overlooking the freshmarsh - just for half-an hour, I thought, but with the sun on my back and being sheltered from the wind, I stayed there for most of the afternoon, continuing with the flight shots. Tiring with the concentration but very enjoyable never-the-less. Loads of Brent Geese

Flocks of wheeling Knot

and Avocets.

So not a bad day overall.

A friend also wanted to visit the same area so we made our way there on Friday but this time with a strong biting Easterly wind.

Curlews at Thornham still very evident with one, in particular, being very co-operative.

Brancaster Staithe only produced a posing Herring Gull

and Burnham Overy Staithe nothing at all.

Back to Titchwell RSPB with nothing at all of note. Once again, the water levels seem to be much too rolex replica watches  high for any predominance of waders close enough to photograph. On the beach there was just one Sanderling that was very co-operative so I took even more images but with the object of raplacing some of those I took some years ago that really do not cut the quality mustard any longer.

On the way back, my friend noticed a Water Rail that quickly disappeared into some waterside undergrowth. However, patience finally paid off as it re-emerged having caught a Stickleback.

Back to the freshmarsh where the only activity of note was a drake Shoveler landing.

Really, the strong Easterly wind really killed off any chance of good photography so not the best day.

More images from the two days in the Recent Additions section.