Monday, 18 August 2008

More from Norfolk

Cley Marshes are a fantastic place. I went there on two occasions during my trip. I was lucky enough to see spoonbill on my first visit

There were two present together and for a short while they were close enough to get these record shots.

Also present was this lovely Lapwing. It came so close to the hide that I could not get it in shot at one point.

There were also the usual Geese, Canada and Greylag.

Also present in quite large numbers were Egyptian Geese.

A number of Herons were seen.

There were lots of other birds seen but not photographed, these were Marsh Harrier, Sparrow Hawk, Hobby-which by the way was absolutely amazing to watch, Reed warbler, Little Egret, Black Tailed Godwit, Black Swan, Coot, Mallard, the list goes on and on.

More to follow.

Sunday, 17 August 2008

Lifting Depression.

Those of you who know me well will know that I suffer bad bouts of depression. These are often all encompassing and turn my head from everything else. I am caught in one of these bouts right now. Nothing seems as good as before and everything is an effort. This has been an ongoing problem for over 6yrs. Anyone who has depression or lives with someone who suffers knows what i mean.

Photography has given me a direction but even that is suffering right now. In an effort to pull myself out of this mess I decided on the spur of the moment to return to Norfolk this week. Those of you who have viewed my blog before will know that I really enjoyed my trip there in the early spring, my hope was to recapture some of the happy moments.

So Off I went and I spent about two and a half days there, I didn't get as much from it as I'd hoped but I did get some good/very good shots (at least I think so)!!

I'll work through them and post a few here over the next few days or so. Here are the first couple.

This first one is, as you can see, a Snipe.

The snipe was seen at Titchwell, the light wasn't quite in the right direction but you have to take what you can get.

Next comes the Little Egret, Titchwell again, in one of the drains.

Finally a shot of a young Kestrel. I had a really great time stalking this little beauty. I was able to get within 15 yards or so, this pic is only slightly cropped.

The Kestrel was at Snettisham. It was chasing crickets or similar things and was hopping along the ground and sitting on very low bushes. I truly love the Kestrel. Snettisham is a great place but unusual in so much that its a long stretch of beach with a handful of lakes dotted along it's length. I didnt stay to watch the birds at high tide, I'd not prepared myself with food or drink and had arrived early afternoon so the thought of waiting until 7pm without food or drink did not appeal. However I saw a good few species of birds such as, Kestrel, Grey Partridge, Oystercatcher, Greylag, Egyptian Goose, Canada, Little Egret, Curlew, Mallard, and Swallow. I also saw lots of butterflies I can only name Gatekeeper, Peacock, Green veined White, and Small Copper. There were a few others but I have yet to identify them from the Pictures.
My one gripe about Norfolk is the cost of accomodation, B and B or Hotels are a lot more expensive than I expected. I spoke to others who expressed the same concerns. In these times of credit crunch It was hard to justify spending more than a couple of nights, again had I prepared myself properly I'd have taken enough kit to enable me to sleep in my car. It was a spur of the moment thing though.
More to follow.