I saw birdies!

I spent the weekend birding with my Dad, all along the North Norfolk coast.

I a little less than two days, despite howling winds, biting chills and the first proper snowfalls for years, we clocked up 73 species.

Personal highlights were:

  • Glaucous gull
  • Tree creeper
  • Water rail
  • Snow Bunting
  • Blue, Coal, Great and Long-tail tits all in the same bush

And beating my dad to both a great spotted woodpecker and a jay.

I took photos, but most are blurred by movement and extreme zooming. Others I didn't try because it was too hard to hold the camera still in the wind, or too hard to keep the lens clear enough of snow to take pictures.

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Plasmana8 years ago
Wow! That stone really looks like an egg! :-O
Der Bradly8 years ago
Cool, but i personaly feel that birdwatching gets boring after an hour or so
Kiteman (author)  Der Bradly8 years ago
Potayto, potahto. It depends what you're looking for, and where you're looking. I'm lucky to have a lot of good sites within a day's drive, including several dedicated reserves.
I sometimes see more interesting sites by accident then by searching. I remember one time on the way home from the grocer's, my wife DEMANDED that I pull over and go back up the road a piece. I protested all the way to the next light (about 3/4 of a block), but then gave in. I turned up into the side street where she had seen something, but wouldn't tell me what (later I found out she didn't know what it was).
As I slowly came back the road, along side the road and on the other side (I was driving on the British side so as not to scare him/her away) was a beautiful young Golden Eagle eating a vole. We must have sat there, just half the width of the road away from it, for about 5 minutes or more, when we noticed people from the gas station nearby were starting to wonder what we were looking at. Fearing too great a crowd might interrupt the creature's lunch, we moved on. But I will never forget just how beautiful he was. I looked him up online to make sure and yes, it was a young Golden Eagle, How I would love to see him fully grown now. And he was so near to the city too.
Kiteman (author)  Goodhart8 years ago
I am just glad I finally gave in to my wife's insistence :-)

I have probably mentioned that story before, haven't I?
Kiteman (author)  Goodhart8 years ago
Not to me.
FaqMan8 years ago
Wow that is a peaceful site
KentsOkay8 years ago
Very cool! Quite personally I've never felt inspired to sit in the cold and look at birds of the avian class anyways.......
Kiteman (author)  KentsOkay8 years ago
Ah, that's where you go wrong - you should stand (out in the blasting snow at several degrees below zero, having trouble standing still enough to see straight...)
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