Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Perfect Start to the Year

I had been watching the weather forecast over Christmas hoping that it would be dry on New Year's Day. The weather promised to be good especially on the east coast. For once the forecast didn't alter so I set off towards Norfolk at around 05:30.

I decided to try for a wader spectacular at Snettisham. Arriving just before the sun came up was perfect. Enough time was available to get to the far end of the reserve before the tide turned, so hopefully there might be a show on offer. Sadly it wasn't the highest of high tides, so the birds were not forced to roost on the gravel pits but as it turned out the show was fantastic.

Once the tide had begun to recede it was time to focus on the waders a little closer.

Bar-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit
Colour-ringed Turnstone
Colour ringed Turnstone
I finished the day on a modest 83 species, the highlights being a Bittern and half a dozen Waxwings.

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