Garth Peacock
A day in north Norfolk

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Tanzania - Day 1 - Arusha

Monday 13th May 2024

Spring Tide at RSPB Snettisham

Saturday 13th April 2024

Things didn't go to plan

Friday 5th April 2024

Fowlmere RSPB Cambs

Wednesday 20th March 2024

Another trip to Norfolk

Tuesday 12th March 2024

Frampton Marsh (again)

Tuesday 5th March 2024

Snettisham RSPB

Tuesday 20th February 2024

A new destination for me

Monday 5th February 2024

A change of plan

Tuesday 30th January 2024

Three hours at Grafham Water

Monday 22nd January 2024

A strange week overall.

Friday 19th January 2024

Norfolk Coast

Tuesday 16th January 2024

New Year - where to go?

Monday 8th January 2024

Coton Cambridgeshire

Wednesday 20th December 2023

Back to Burwell Fen

Saturday 9th December 2023

Short-eared Owls

Monday 4th December 2023

Back to Grafham Water

Wednesday 22nd November 2023

Grafham Water

Thursday 16th November 2023

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Monday 13th November 2023

I hadn't visited north Norfolk for some time. It is always much too busy during the school holiday period anyway. But 7th November I headed that way - somewhere different for me recently.

My usual first call is Thornham harbour. Fitted in with the tide times but nothing of real interest there this time. The haunting call of a Curlew was very noticeable and then, surprisingly, it flew towards me, circled round me three times to check me out and then flew back to the saltmarsh. It was very close and the camera was set up for flight shots.

Not a bad start to the day. Next call was Brancaster Staithe. Loads of the usual birds around but the weather was turning cloudy and dark. Still a Grey Plover was on view.

and an Oystercatcher took a long bathe.

Four Brent Geese flew in but, by then, the light was terrible. Still one unusual shot worth keeping.

I moved on to Burham Overy Staithe - dead loss - and then Lady Anne Drive Holkham. Just a quick drive to the end and back - car parking expensive if there is nothing there - just a pair of Egyptian Geese close to the road.

I decided to call in at Titchwell RSPB on the way back home. Island Mere Hide now refurbished and open but, once again the water levels on the fresh marsh are much too high so there was nothing of interest again. Even the beach area was pretty sparse - a small flock of Bar-tailed Godwit

but nothing else to excite the trigger finger - an early drive home the result.