Thursday, 17 December 2015

Waxwings, Purple Sandpipers, Cattle Egret and lots more: a day on the East Coast...

An astonishing sunrise! This, I’m told, could be due to Sahara Sand!

Last trip out before Christmas for Brian and me: he hadn't seen the Ludham swans or the Cattle Egret, so we made a start with those. More Bewick's today, with a total mixed herd of 57: the Egret was much further away, though...

Heading South, we stopped at Yarmouth for more shots of the Mediterranean Gulls: some better close ups of rings today!

From there it was Ness Point, Lowestoft, where a long walk eventually found us within five metres of a confiding flock of twelve Purple Sandpipers: what lovely waders these are!


 Coffee at ASDA (but no Great Northern Diver!) before arriving at Reydon. We soon located the right road - and tree! - but the Waxwings had apparently gone, though the presence of three Sparrowhawks and a Kestrel lurking in the area might suggest a more dramatic departure!
We spent half an hour at the lovely little reserve at Hen Reedbeds, before heading homewards. Brian took a wrong turn and we ended up going via Oulton Broad. This turned out to be a great piece of good fortune, because as we drove past ALDI I spotted a flock of five Waxwings in roadside bushes. A dog-walker scared them away, but I managed a few record shots.












2 comments:

Mario said...

Hello David.

Thanks for sharing these, we met briefly on the beach at Gt Yramouth as you were shooting these. Thanks for pointing me to this blog.
Keep up the good work. Regards.

David said...

Hi Mario!
It was great to meet you! Have a terrific Christmas...