|Black-winged Stilt at Potter Heigham Marshes today|
Sammy is gone now, but black-winged stilts are still making appearances here and there in recent years and in increasing numbers. These birds are more common in the Mediterranean, but here in the UK, they are still considered a scarce migrant. This week in Norfolk, 4 of these long-legged birds have been spotted at two location. Two were at Welney, while the other two were at Potter Heigham Marshes, a reserve I had never even heard of until now. So today, Mum and I went to see them. It was a bit more of a walk from the Broadland town than we expected as we followed the seamlessly endless row of riverside houses to the reserve, but it was a relief when passers by with binoculars around their necks told us that we were in the right direction.
When we finally got to the marshes, we met someone with a scope who helped us find the birds we were after. It was rather windy and quite chilly, making it hard to keep my camera still and my eyes were watering from the cold. The pair of stilts were, like pretty much everything here, pretty far away on the far side of the reserve, but by using Mum as a makeshift tripod, I was able to get a few distant shots of them. They were a bit flighty at times, often moved off by some territorial bird or another, but they were great to watch and their movements made me reminisce of Sammy all those years ago.
|Potter Heigham Marshes|
|Greylags with goslings|
|Egyptian Goose with goslings|