Car de-iced, heater on and stocked up on petrol station coffee and a certain brand of energy drinks I was on my way.
|CURLEW (NUMENIUS ARQUATA), MUD GLORIOUS MUD!|
|COMMON REDSHANK (TRINGA TOTANUS), NOT GREY SKIES BUT GREY WATER, LOOK AT MUD DROPLETS LEAVING FEET|
It was breakfast time so headed off to Brancaster for some healthy fry up. On the way stopping at Burnham for more Marsh Harrier and Barn Owl images.
I had my breakfast, scanned my phone for any sightings, visited a few websites.blogs etc I wasn't looking forward to being on the harbour/sea front given the wind direction and the cold weather and was dragging my feet to leave the comfort of the warm cafe. I pulled into the harbour, luckily it's one of those spots you don't have to get out of the car to get images from (see posted Redshank image), though I did get out to scrounge some shellfish from the fishermen. This helped bring in some Turnstones, Herring Gull, Common Gull and Curlew. A Red Breasted Merganser flew through but my steering wheel got in the way. Also got a couple of Sanderlings but I've got better, but they are my favourite wader so I quite enjoyed there frantic running, I think they too had a particular brand of energy drink. It was getting late so opted not to back track to Salthouse, instead taking the long way home via the Ouse/Nene washes, never been and just wanted to drive through and see if it was worth a visit on another day, it did look good. Not sure what road I was on, I was lost and enjoying the scenery I did get a Kestrel hovering along a drainage ditch and was able to stop on the road and get some images, sadly I couldn't stop for the Barn Owl that was quartering a similar ditch ten miles further down the road as it was slightly busier. Good to see none the less, taking my total to four different Barn Owls for the day, WHY CAN'T IT BE LIKE THAT HERE IN NORTHANTS?
It wasn't exactly one of my best trips to Norfolk, it was an improvised day out so was just glad to see something a bit different, got plenty of images to work through and got some fresh air into my lungs and recharged my batteries. The snarl up just after Peterborough meant slow progress home so pulled off at KFC near the A1, downloaded my images to my laptop, browsed a few more websites ate some very tasty but totally bad for you junk food and waited for the traffic to die down. Good call, as the last leg of the journey home is always a chore, but did get a few Redkites just outside Oundle/Titchmarsh. I might post a few more from Norfolk if I don't get anything decent in Northants, if I do get something or do something of interest the images will go onto my website instead.
Bet you can't wait lol
|KINGFISHER (ALCEDO ATTHIS), AN ADDED BONUS FOR THE DAY|