16th November – Guided photography day

I spent the day in NW Norfolk with Renee, who was out for the day to do some photography. We started at Holme and eventually tracked down the Snow Buntings, which were quite flighty and it took several attempts before they settled. Fortunately Renee had settled down, as I had suggested and the Snow buntings with their heads down kept coming until eventually he was in nice and close and got some images. On the way out he also got some pictures of Stonechat.

© Common Stonechat – Chris Mills Norfolk Birding

A nice surprise awaited us as we walked back to the Beach Road, I heard Waxwings calling and sure enough there was 2 Waxwings perched high up in the trees. I noticed the laden hawthorn bushes below, with lots of berries, I suggested we get closer and wait. Eventually they dropped into the hedge and we got some shots as they fed on the berries, just a bit further away than I would have liked, still we had just found them so couldn’t complain! They dropped down twice to feed before flying off SW!

© Waxwing – Chris Mills Norfolk Birding

At Thornham Renee got some Rock Pipit pictures and some nice Linnet images, but the Twite wouldn’t come quite close enough. A Little Egret and a Redshank were also obliging, coming nice and close.

© Little Egret – Chris Mills Norfolk Birding

We had lunch and then headed round to Titchwell, plenty of Duck and we got a few flight images. We enjoyed watching the 30+ Marsh harriers come into roost and we did spy a nice Barn owl, neither close enough for good images. Though I did manage to squeak this Stoat in close enough!

© Stoat – Chris Mills Norfolk Birding