high tide, Snettisham, 30th September
I stopped off on the way down to photograph this Eider. I've rarely seen beached Eiders in Norfolk and suspect this one was sick. Mind you, it's perfectly normal for them to rest on land further north so not sure why it shouldn't be here too.
Eider, Snettisham, 30th September
Little Egret, Snettisham, 30th September
From the hide the spectacle was great - Oystercatchers covering one shore but the moving carpet of Knot (among other things) was fun to watch.
Oystercatchers, Snettisham, 30th September
Knots, Dunlin and Black-tailed Godwits, Snettisham, 30th September
Knots, Snettisham, 30th September
Bar-tailed Godwits and Knot, Snettisham, 30th September
I tried hard to pick out something more unusual among the hordes of birds but struggled to find anything remotely unusual. I eventually picked out 3 Greenshank and there was a flock of 8 Spotted Redshank away from the main flocks. A Kingfisher showed and a Short-eared Owl did so very briefly.
Spotted Redshanks, Snettisham, 30th September
As the tide turned the hide emptied. I should have taken that as my cue, but with thousands of birds still on the pits I figured I had enough time to sift through them before heading out to look at the swirling around on the Wash. Once I admitted defeat on that front I headed out of the hide expecting to find the water still pretty high, albeit going down, and huge and impressive flocks of birds swirling around the Wash, the spectacle Snettisham is so well known for. What I actually found was that the tide had gone down far more than I imagined was possible in what seemed like no time (but in hindsight probably was much longer than I'd realised) and all the waders were tiny dots about a mile away, happily feeding away and not flying around at all.
So all in all a bit disappointing. But at least I know for next time - get there in good time and don't stick around in the hide for too long!
Long-tailed Tit, Snettisham, 30th September
Other days this week were spent at work, getting out only at lunch times when I failed to find anything of note.
Blue Tit, Thornham, 28th September
Little Grebes, Thornham, 28th September