Bluetails, Marsh Harriers and Seals on the North Norfolk Coast.

Last week we visited the well-known area (among bird-watchers) of North Norfolk between Hunstanton and Cley to see what might `be about`.

The weather was typical for England in the Autumn but there was some sunshine and the new Canon 70D with 100-400mm Mk 2 lens provided surprisingly good results even at `stupid ISO`s` when necessary!

We stayed in a new-build cottage in Wells about 5 minutes walk from the quay-side in the hope of watching pink0footed geese fly overhead in the evening; this was not a success as I suspect the combination of light winds and warm weather had delayed them. However, the walk through Wells Woods certainly yielded results as walking over to see what all the activity was about near the path I found myself in the perfect position to grab some shots (in the murk of the woodland on a very grey afternoon) of a life tick - the red-shouldered blue-tail! (I confess I hadn`t even heard of the species until I had overheard a group of twitchers talking that morning)!
The photograph was taken at over 4000ASA but with a little post-processing in Lightroom 6, it was OK; I remember 100ASA slide film...

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We had hoped to see birds on the sands but it was if the whole of the UK was walking his/her dog...

The third day was sunny and clear so we decided to take the boat trip from Morston Quay out to look at the seals at Blakeney Point. There were only a few animals on the shingle beds but they provided ample photographic opportunities of the `ahhh-bless` sort....

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The bonus on walking back to Blakeney Quay after the boat-trip was the closest sightings yet of a Marsh Harrier among the boats. I`m glad I decided to pull-back and include the boats rather trying to zoom in/crop on the bird alone.

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We like to walk along the sea defenses to Cley Windmill; I wander just how many images of that wind-mill have been captured over the years?

Next: geese, waders and deer....


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