Saturday, 16 August 2014

Spoonbill bonanza!

Linda and I decided to take advantage of the predicted good weather for a run up to the North Coast, starting at Titchwell and moving eastwards to Cley.

Titchwell was (predictably) crowded, but still produced some good photographic opportunities and interesting birds, including Grey Partridge, Sanderling, Eider, Scoter, Sandwich Terns, lots of Ruff and 17 Spoonbills asleep on a distant spit.

We drifted eastwards, finishing up at Cley where (after crab sandwiches!) we walked right around the perimeter of the reserve. The North Scrape held a further 13 Spoonbills (again, dozing in the watery sun) as well as Snipe and Ruff.

As we approached the East Bank a couple of light aircraft flew over low, briefly putting up another 12 Spoonbills: 35 in a day - my all-time UK record haul!


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