Thursday, 26 November 2015

Strumpshaw Fen and Buckenham: some unexpected delights!

Once I'd finished my meteorite-related work I decided to have a run around the patch in the unexpected pleasant sunshine. At the Fen I bumped into Kim and we had fleeting views of a Kingfisher and Bittern from Fen Hide: a few Fieldfares were enjoying the fallen apples at the end of the Sandy Path...
Another green-tagged Marshie (female R9) pounced on the Bittern every time it tried to change location!
We spent a few minutes looking for SEOs at Halvergate Bridge: none showed while we were there, but a distant Rough-legged Buzzard was good to see.

A move to Buckenham was instantly rewarding with good views of a pair of Peregrines: one perched on a gate-post, the other chasing Wigeon. As we walked down to the River Yare we nearly trod on a Jack Snipe, which squeaked in panic before flying into a gate! Before I could reposition to grab a photo, it shook itself and zig-zagged away along a ditch.

A flock of fourteen Avocet suddenly zoomed in from the East and landed on the scrape: here they fed for a while before being disturbed by the Peregrine, flying off and landing on the river! Next unexpected bird was a Slavonian Grebe which we saw at close range three times right by the first fishing stage: every time I turned the camera towards it, the wretched bird dived! I reckon it caught the flash of reflected sunlight from the objective of my lens. The feral Barnacles did a circuit, with the Ross' / Barnacle Goose hybrid providing decent photo-ops.

Returning to Strumpshaw. it was good to see a pair of Nuthatches frequently visiting the Reception Centre feeding station.

1 comment:

Ben Lewis said...

A good day out indeed! Thanks for passing on the info about the grebe, avocets and rough leg this afternoon. I'll now have to find an excuse to get to Buckenham tomorrow morning!