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....)



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!