Monday, 17 April 2017

Hickling NWT: Bittern, Cranes and Common Terns

Having enjoyed the waders near Norwich (see below!) Linda and I carried on to Hickling NWT Reserve to see if we could catch up with a few more Broadland specialities.

We arrived before the centre was open, so had the reserve to ourselves for an hour. Little Egrets were everywhere, as were Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs and Cetti's Warblers, while the Broad itself had several Common Terns fishing close to the northern shore. From the delightfully quaint observation hide we added Sedge Warbler to the daylist before carrying on to Bittern Hide. Even before we sat down we could hear a booming male: within minutes he'd appeared distantly in front of the reedbed at our eleven o'clock. He was on show for perhaps an hour: at times a second male could be heard booming further into the reeds.

Twice a group of eight Common Cranes flew around Stubb's Mill and over towards Horsey: frustratingly they never came close, but it's always good to see these elegant birds, even distantly.




 






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