Sunday, July 10, 2005

Norfolk action 10/7

Last weekend saw Josh craftily bag the KP at Breydon Water (see below post), so with nothing to go for (other than a certain Tern on Anglesey which we had no chance of getting for!) there was nothing for it- the KP could no longer remain an embarrassing gap on Will's list, it had to be added today.

Like any bird, the longer you leave it the more likely you are to fail so there was an of anticipation as Will entered Chris Order's car. They eventually got to Great Yarmouth North Beach where the bird had been found to hang out during high tide at 11am. At first there didn't appear to be any birders about but a glance through the heat haze saw three pairs of binoculars trained towards the same area. They had to be on it!

Meanwhile Josh was well on his way to Cley with 15 Crossbills at Sandringham along the way. It was a pretty quiet day for JJ, but flyover Crossbills at Titch, Arctic Skuas and Yellow-legged Gulls kept him entertained. He was also extremely lucky to get this shot of a Bittern at Titchwell.


Bittern, Titchwell, Norfolk, 10.07.05 © Josh Jones

Back at Yarmouth, Chris and Will had reached the twitchers but soon learnt that the KP had just flown. Confusion reined as no one seemed to no which direction it had actually flown. After a brief search of North Beach Chris and Will happened across 4 Med Gulls. Armed with cameras at the ready they quickly approached these scarce Gulls but were quickly called back by a birder armed with a dog whistle, indicating the KP was back!

A quick run to the spot where more twitchers had arrived and they were on the bird and a lifer was bagged for both. Unfortunately, Little Terns and fellow beach users ensured that no one could approach the bird at close quarters, but everyone enjoyed good scope views as it sat on a shingle bang and hunkered down in the loafing Little Terns. Below is a shocking record shot taken in the heat haze at some distance!

Kentish Plover, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, 10.07.05 © Will Bowell

The Little Terns were loafing in large numbers on the beach.

Little Tern, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, 10.07.05 © Will Bowell

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