Sunday, January 25, 2015


Me scanning at Titchwell
Had a great day in Norfolk with my good friend Jono Dudley yesterday. We hit the road at 06:00am putting us near our destination (Titchwell Marsh RSPB Reserve)  around 09:30. However, we made a quick pit-stop at Thornham Harbour where 65 Twite had been reported by Rare Bird Alert. 

Thornham Harbour
Though it was freezing cold the weather was perfect; with beautiful winter sun making everything look incredible. We bumped into a few other birders who too were looking for the Twite. It didn't take long to spot the first group of about ten birds; perched on top of some grass near the water. They were highly mobile which kept us on our toes but we managed to get some good views. 

Wind, distance and frantic feeding habits of this species made photography very challenging. I didn't manage to get anything - I NEED a KOWA adapter but they have still not released it for the Iphone6! Jono, however, did get some good record shots which is amazing under the conditions...check his website here:

Twite was a lifer me, so our day got off to a great start! Next we stopped at Titchwell Marsh where we spent a few hours birding the reserve. We tallied up 50 species, with good looks at most, though the high tide had put many species at distance.

Jono at Titchwell Beach
There was a good selection of waders to sort through including Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Avocet, Redshank, Ruff, Curlew, Snipe, Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Grey Plover, Turnstone, Dunlin, Sanderling and Oystercatcher. Next we headed to Wells-on-Sea to chase a Red-necked Grebe reported in the harbour. En-route we spotted a gathering of twitchers at the side of the road - stopped and got a distant look at Rough-legged Buzzard. The grebe at Wells was a no-show so we hit the road back to good old Woking! Good day, great company and a lifter in the bag - TWITE!

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