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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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Plasmana (author)2009-02-11

Wow! That stone really looks like an egg! :-O

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Der Bradly (author)2009-02-02

Cool, but i personaly feel that birdwatching gets boring after an hour or so

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Kiteman (author)Der Bradly2009-02-03

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.

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Goodhart (author)Kiteman2009-02-06

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.

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Goodhart (author)Kiteman2009-02-06

I am just glad I finally gave in to my wife's insistence :-)

I have probably mentioned that story before, haven't I?

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FaqMan (author)2009-02-04

Wow that is a peaceful site

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KentsOkay (author)2009-02-03

Very cool! Quite personally I've never felt inspired to sit in the cold and look at birds of the avian class anyways.......

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Kiteman (author)KentsOkay2009-02-03

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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KentsOkay (author)Kiteman2009-02-04
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Doctor What (author)2009-02-02

I would have been more interested in the dead seal. "Is it fresh? How far to the local hardware store?"

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Kiteman (author)Doctor What2009-02-03

If I'd disturbed the seal, the gull would have left, and I would have had all my knees broken by people with expensive binoculars.

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kelseymh (author)Kiteman2009-02-03
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Goodhart (author)kelseymh2009-02-03

LOL I missed that one on first reading so he has more then 2 knees, eh, I wonder what planet....oh never mind. ;-)

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Kiteman (author)Goodhart2009-02-03

Hook, line and sinker... ;-)

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gmjhowe (author)2009-02-03

'Not an egg, just a stone' - kiteman There all cool! Thanks for sharing.

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Goodhart (author)2009-02-02

Your Snow Bunting is a cutie. :-)

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Kiteman (author)Goodhart2009-02-03

There were a flock of over a hundred further up the coast, but they wouldn't settle for a photo (there were dog-walkers in the area). This one was supposed to be with a flock of 40, but only 4 came out to play. It came within about 10 feet, but was such a twitchy thing, it's a pain to get a sharp image.

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Goodhart (author)Kiteman2009-02-03

I'll bet, even with a really fast camera. But you did a really good job of it.

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Kiteman (author)Goodhart2009-02-03

...eventually. That's the joy of digital, though - you can keep shooting away until you get it right.

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Goodhart (author)Kiteman2009-02-03

...or, if you are like me, until the batteries go dead LOL

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Bartboy (author)2009-02-02

Wait wait wait, is this you and your dad, or is this Roger-X using your account, I can't tell.

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Kiteman (author)Bartboy2009-02-02

This is me, Kiteman, posting about a trip with my father (Kitedad?).

Roger-X finds birdwatching boring, and would have absolutely hated this trip, stood in a howling gale on the beach (I had to shelter behind a WWII pill-box to keep the camera steady enough to take the picture of the gull).

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Goodhart (author)Kiteman2009-02-02

Ah, he doesn't know what he is missing in life then :-) Maybe later on he'll understand...

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kelseymh (author)2009-02-02

Did you know that your local W.H.Smith doesn't have gale-force winds, and likely has less blurry pictures of your favorite avian species? Just a thought from a non-birder :-)

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Kiteman (author)kelseymh2009-02-02

Ah, but where's the challenge? The WHSmith images don't move, react, or display unusual behaviours (like the kestrel we found sheltered on a low fence - kestrels never use low fences as perches), and they don't have that delicious chance of something that shouldn't be there.

Trying to find a "black" Brent goose in a flock of "normal" Brent geese is a challenge on a par with doing a "Where's Wally?" with a woolly hat pulled down over your eyes, since "normal" Brents are also black...

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kelseymh (author)Kiteman2009-02-02

Oh, you're talking about the birds! I was thinking of the customers :-)

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kelseymh (author)2009-02-02

Oh, did I mention -- congratulations on a successful outing!

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