Saturday 12th January 2013

   Decided to have a weekend in East Anglia. Finally try to get the Black-bellied Dipper, which had been around for a while now, and whatever else we can find.

Black-bellied Dipper
   First stop was Thetford, where we met up with a friend, Adrian Riley. We drove around to the area where the Dipper has been showing. It was showing straight away, but not really close enough for photos, but within no time it was showing really well, and for the next hour or two it did for all the cameras there!
Black-bellied Dipper

   We then drove up to Titchwell RSPB reserve. This in the past has been my very favourite reserve, as there are always lots of birds there, and you can get close to them for photos....NOT anymore!!! I know that work had to be done because of the sea encroaching, but it seems that it has taken its toll. I really hope that this will change when everything settles down, and im sure the RSPB have done all they can to return it to its past glory. Lets hope that doesnt take too long..........

   Sorry about that, just had to get that out there. To be fair there were still some decent birds at Titchwell. A Barn Owl was flying over Thornham marsh, then we noticed 2 distant raptors, which turned out to be a Common Buzzard and a Red Kite, not a bad start. Sadly it was really dull and very cold by now. So we decided to drive further along the coast and make our way down to Lowestoft for the night and do Suffolk next morning. Driving through Burnham Norton we had a Barn Owl. Then onto Holkham, a quick drive down Lady Annes Drive, to see if there were any Geese close enough to photograph, produced quite a few Dark-bellied Brents, lots of Greylags, two Egyptian Geese, one Pink-footed Goose, and a couple of White-fronted Geese (distant). But, the best was a Black Brant, which i found in the flock of Brents! Not bad...

Dark-bellied Brent Goose

Black Brant
Pink-footed Goose

Egyptian Geese

Barn Owl
     We then had another Barn Owl flying around the field just East of Lady Annes Drive. I tried to get photos, but the light was too bad. Oh well onwards....just around the corner, by the allotments, we found another, this time sat right by the road! A quick look around Cley Marshes from the car park gave us nothing new. So the drive began......

    Not a bad day really.

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