24 March 2016
North NorfolkAround Walsingham 2 female Marsh Harrier and 3 Buzzard were hunting the fields in front of the cottage first thing, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing and 2 Mistle Thrush flew over in different directions.
Later we went over to Blakeney for another go at the Lapland Buntings. I was hoping to beat the weekend crowds and was soon enjoying brilliant views of 8 birds on my own. Initially they proved frustrating for the camera, feeding in the grass about 10m away when nobody was around, then deciding to come closer just as a dog walker or jogger came past. With a little persistence their approaches eventually coincided with a little peace and I got some nice images, with a couple of birds coming within 2 metres and too close for the lens. Some of the males were really starting to show off their summer plumage and a couple were singing. They are super little birds, which will all too soon be heading off to far northern Scandinavia or Arctic Russia.
|Nearly in summer dress|
|What a stunner|
|Amazing fluffy thighs!|
|Male Reed Bunting|
A couple of hours at Warham Greens in the evening produced 3 ringtail Hen Harrier, 3 Marsh Harrier, a Sparrowhawk, 2 Common Buzzard, several thousand Brent Geese and 40 Little Egret.