Titchwell RSPB reserve on the north coast of Norfolk is one of the premier birding spots in the county. It also has the plus side of some good hides to shelter in during nasty weather. So, our last full birding day found us sitting in a comfy hide while the wind and rain raged around us. Normally Titchwell is chock full of waders, but they seemed to have gone elsewhere while we were watching. We were very lucky though, to have a small flock of Avocets frantically feeding in the choppy water quite close to the hide. Again, the photos aren't the best (see Roy's last few posts to see some fantastic photos from Titchwell).
From what I could tell,, these graceful birds were picking up small wirey looking worms mostly.
There was some sychronised feeding going on sometimes! (-:
After a while they flew off to land and take a breather. They look stunning in flight I think!
I did manage to take a brief video of these Avocets feeding which you can view by clicking on the following link .
The only other bird to get anywhere near close enough for a shot was this pair of Shoveler. He looks none too pleased to have his photo taken!
Our last birding stop of this trip (we were completely rained out on the last day) was to a place called Salthouse further east along the coast from Titchwell. There is a car park close to the beach where around 100 Snowbuntings had been reported. We got there around lunchtime and debated whether to eat lunch first or look for the birds first. The birds won out which was just as well. Just as we'd all had our fill of watching and photographing these lovely Buntings, the heavens opened and that was the end of our birding in Norfolk!
We had a great time in Norfolk, one of the best birding areas in Britain. I will hope for better weather when I next get up there though! (-: