Garth Peacock
Another trip to Norfolk


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

Fishers Green Essex

Wednesday 15th November 2023

A day in north Norfolk

Monday 13th November 2023

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Tuesday 12th March 2024

Well Cambridgeshire is rather quiet at present so Norfolk is the closest area to me where there should be some birds. So last Friday, (8th), I headed North with one of the main aims, to photograph White-fronted Geese at Holkham.

After a slow journey there due to agricultural traffic blocking the roads, I checked Lady Anne Drive - mostly flooded so nothing showing and then parked in the pull off on the main road to scan the field for Geese. Plenty of Greylags, a couple of Barnacle Geese

and then, right over the far side of the field, a pair of White-fronted Geese. Long distance but I took a few shots with the 2x converter on the 100-500 lens. Just record shots - the distance combined with, surprisingly, haze ruined them but here is one to be going on with.

So the next stop was the harbour at Burnham Overy Staithe. Two pairs of Red-breasted Mergansers were fishing in the channel and with patience, came just about close enough for some shots and then flew off.

With nothing else around, I moved on to Brancaster Staithe with some usuals on show. Grey Plover,

RInged Plover

and feeding in the mud, both species of Godwit, Bar-tailed

and Black-tailed moulting into summer plumage.

So I headed for the main aim of my trip - Titchwell RSPB , taking my usal diversion around Choseley where where the only subjects found were a couple of Red-legged Partridges hunkered down near a hedge out of the wind that was now getting strong.

According to the Titchwell Twitter page, they had fixed the sluice problem and water levels on the fresh marsh were as they should be. Not so but there has been a lot of rain so that was not really surprising. Nothing in front of Island Mere Hide so on to the beach - very windy and difficult to stand up at times but the usual Sanderlings were feeding on the tide line. I can never resist taking a few shots of them.

As it was so windy, there was nothing flying so back to the reserve where most of the birds were sheltering from the wind behind the bunds on the fresh marsh but one drake Shoveler did emerge for some preening.

With the wind still strong, it was time to head for home. I have had worse days!!!