Early January on the North Norfolk Coast; Part Two

Early January on the North Norfolk Coast; Part Two

To continue then.

I wanted to capture some of the scenic beauty of this part of England. Here are a few shots that please me.

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Wind-farm from Titchwell Beach.

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Blakeney Marsh.
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Brent geese and abandoned boat; Blakeney Marshes.

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Redshank by Moonlight.
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Titchwell RSPB Reserve by Moonlight.

Pink-foored Geese at Sunset.

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Sunset; Holkham.

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`We aren`t crows!`
Hope you like...

Early Januarty in North Norfolk; Pink-footed geese and swans a-plenty!

A Week on the North Norfolk Coast.

Januaru 3rd-10th.

It was always going to be a gamble but the weather wasn`t too bad with a couple of very sunny days.

As one would expect, the birdwatching was very rewarding with the Pink-footed Geese being the highlight this year. Lady Ann`s Drive by Holkham Hall provided the closest views we have seen to date of many thousands of these elegant little geese. The `scope proved ideal for close-up shots of individuals as expected although I feel the shots of small sections of the assembled masses as the sub set through the `scope were the best illustration of the numbers as well.

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Look at my PINK feet!

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Sunset over the fields.

Wells-Next-the Sea is possibly my favorite spot for birdwatching as it provides good views of all the `must-see` birds of this part of the coast. The bright sunshine was a bit of a mixed blessing however.

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Low-tide in the old harbour.

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Little Egret.

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The visit to Welney WWT Reserve was well worth-while in spite of only a litttle sunshine (always in the wrong direction)! The Whooper Swans were lovely to see although my favorite views are of swans feeding on sugar-beet tops with the machinery operating behind them.

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The `hare walk` was certainly worthwhile. A warden took us out into part of the new marshes as Welney where Hares are common. The animals were very distant but the `scope provided reasonable photographs in spite of the very low sun and occasional foggy patches...

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The kestrel on the way back over the bridge was a golden opportunity to test the `scope - using 60X magnification on this one in good side-lighting. It isn`t a posh lens, but its light and relatively cheap!

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I shall post some of my other more scenic shots on the next posting.