|Pigeons and fog|
|The Heron on the roof is back!!|
Marsh harriers were quite active here today, busy patrolling over the reedbeds and pools now and then throughout the reserve. Avocets, oystercatchers, lapwings, black-headed gulls, shelducks, teal, shovelers and mallard were all seen from the first hide. From the two newer hides, we had redshanks, curlews, black-tailed godwits and a few ruff (including one male beginning to grow his flamboyant plumage which will eventually include his ruff feathers around his head). We also saw a couple of Chinese water deer out on the saltmarsh along the way to the hides, including this moulting individual. We got to the beach and the tide was quite a way out, exposing mud which many oystercatchers and gulls were taking advantage of.
|Chinese Water Deer|
|Curlew feeding deep in the mud|
|A nice shell I found|
A surprise to me today (besides the heron from this morning that is), was that there was still a lot of wintering geese. Most of them were brent geese, which were everywhere on the reserve. As we made our way back from the beach, I found a large skein of pink-footed geese flying over us. The point is both these species should be making their way north now towards their breeding grounds, not remaining here in large numbers like this. Perhaps they wanted an extended vacation here? Who would blame them, Norfolk is a great place to be. Also on our walk back, we saw a couple of red-crested pochard, which seem to have colonised Titchwell in recent years despite being a non-native (the male does look stunning though), and there was this ground beetle which toppled itself on to it's back by accident. After a short spell of flailing it's legs in the air, it managed to right itself back onto it's legs once again. Another good day of wildlife watching in North Norfolk.
|Skein of Pink-footed Geese|
|Whoops! Tripped onto it's back|