Brian and I made an early start at Holkham, walking through the woods to the (closed) Jordan Hide, then back along the beach. We were hoping to glimpse the White-tailed Eagle on his holidays from the Isle of Wight, but no luck: the best we managed was a distant Kingfisher, a few Goldcrests and various small tits. We decided to head westwards to Titchwell, but as we reached the layby that overlooks Holkham grazing marsh, the pager announced that the eagle was perched in a tree by the lake. We quickly returned, parked and trotted to the lake. At first all we could see was Red Kites - lots of them! Then I spied what looked like a haystack wedged in a tree on the west shore. Over the next twenty minutes Brian and I enjoyed fabulous views of this impressive juvenile bird, both in flight and fending off Red Kites and Jackdaws.
Carrying on further west to Titchwell, we added a few interesting bits and pieces, including two year ticks: Red-breasted Merganser and Long-tailed Duck.