While I don’t claim to know a great deal about birds, that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy watching and photographing them. So when I was invited to go along to the RSPB Titchwell reserve, I hastily prepared my cameras and cold-weather gear. As it turned out, it was a beautiful day that was far from cold and saw us lounging in the sunshine to eat lunch.
It’s such a beautiful landscape of both fresh and salt water. These mud flats are a great habitat for all kinds of waders.
Walk through the reserve and you get to the beach, which is all big skies and flat sands with a bank of grassy dunes.
This little snipe was preening itself in the bank near the main hide. It was so well camouflaged that we kept losing it every time we glanced away.
It’s not often you see a lapwing just walking around, it was a nice reminder of that pretty head crest and iridescent green plumage.
Still not sure if this is a bar-tailed or black-tailed godwit.
The teals slurp their way through the flats to feed, making a really sweet little sound that’s quite loud when you get a few of them doing it in front of you.
Shelduck in flight.
This little robin was more than happy to pose and have his photo taken.
After much debate, we came to the conclusion that this is, in fact, a curlew. We were thinking it was a bit small and therefore might be a whimbrel.
Feel free to correct me on my knowledge of birds or to debate whether or not I was looking at a bar- or black-tailed godwit.
Find out more about Titchwell Marsh here.