Sunday, 8 February 2015

Beans, Buntings, Beardies, Barnie, Brant & Rough-legs!

A terrific day on the north coast with Linda, which started with the amazing sight of a Polecat between Salhouse & Wroxham: it looked entirely good for a genuinely wild example!

First stop was the East Bank, which held several entertaining parties of Bearded Tits, while the shingle ridge to the east provided a flock of around 60 Snow Buntings.

After coffee at the reserve centre, we headed out to the centre hides for distant - but gratifying - views of three Tundra Bean Geese, as well as a couple of White-fronts.

As we headed westwards an obliging Barn Owl hunted across a rough meadow before perching in a tree: terrific daylight views!

Last stop was Burnham Overy dunes, where a walk down the muddy path failed to deliver Short-eared Owl, but some interest came in the form of a family group of a female Black Brant hybrid and her young! Distant Common & Rough-legged Buzzards added to the raptor tally before we headed homewards. As we approached Wells a Rough-legged Buzzard flew westwards reasonably close to the road, adding an excellent finale to a great day out!

(Postscript: I'm removed the photos of the Polecat and the exact details of its location because of the volume of offensive and abusive 'comments' it attracted....)















 


2 comments:

chris said...

The Barn owl in the tree David. Excellent shot that one

David said...

Why thankyou, Chris! It was terrific to watch in the bright sunlight!