Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Broadly Speaking

A family holiday on the broads. Just 4 days at Wroxham before the children have to get back for exams revision. We had a small boat and pottered around on the river Bure. The wooded banks restricted viewing and I saw less wildlife than I had anticipated. Apart from some close encounters with very keen Mute Swans, Greylag Geese and Egyptian Geese the main birds of note were Kingfisher zipping across the river, a pair of Oystercatchers and a singing Cetti's Warbler.

We visited Cromer. D#2 was very impressed - "wow - it can't be! it is! Alpha Pappa finished just here !!!". Others were less impressed, and were not impressed at all with the Turnstones that were resting on the wall unruffled by passing humans (photo below taken with a standard camera).

And we also visited Winterton Dunes. What a place! We went in the evening with low sunlight producing a quite spectacular vista. Birdwise quiet apart from a Ringed Plover, and a flock of c20 Black-Headed Gulls battling their way up the coast against the stiff north wind. Superbly lit pristine white against the sand-churned brown of the waves they were quite a sight. One looked a bit small - hello - yes no black on the wing, dark underwing, adult Little Gull thanks very much.

 In MBYOW I'd be back. Lots more to see and find. I'd be slightly more careful about the parking in the evening at winterton, and depending on what does or doesn't turn up in the post I reserve the right to bang on about local councils. But yes, I'd definitely do some more of this.

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