Friday, 23 October 2009

Salthouse - Shortie sunset

The morning session was a strictly local (and imageless) affair which started at Salthouse with a 30 strong flock of mobile Snow Buntings! Large numbers of finches, including a huge flock of Goldfinch feeding on the shingle ridge. Cley didn't produce anything of note, so it was off to Holkham....

More Snow Buntings here at the 'gap' and this flock had a single Lapland Bunting in tow... A quest for YBW in the woods failed to produce but a Firecrest made the walk worthwhile?

The afternoon took in the Brancaster / Docking area checking out the Pink feet - there were 1,000s and 1,000s! Quite an amazing sight.....






Deafening at take off!!






Hello, hello, hello what did we also have here? A genuine Snow Goose? (The one pictured was present at Salthouse). I can sense the list police looming but who can say - notebook out and pencil being sharpened.....






I finished the day with a stroll down the iron road at Salthouse! A Short-eared Owl had been reported the previous evening - would it show again?






An unusual capture of two juv Mute Swans on the way - flying united!






With at least an hour of daylight the Shortie showed!! Never close enough for feather detail.








But providing some atmospheric shots as the sun set....










A bonus Barn Owl too!






A mere 6 miles or so to travel back to the B&B this evening plus a relaxing pint or two.....

PS - I never did list that Goose, currently awaiting results of DNA / genetic tests and it's flight recorder.....

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