SATURDAY 18/01/14 NORFOLK/SUFFOLK BORDER
7am and I was being picked up, the smiling faces of Mike Illet and Bill Last were awaiting me. The journey began by heading to Waveney Forest and the 'Mound'. The mound being the viewing platform for the performing Rough-Legged Buzzards. The "Mound" wasn't quite what I was expecting and didn't give any more height than standing on the average chair.
After a further 30 mins of waiting Mike Illet had picked up a bird that he was adamant was interesting. Watching and waiting it finally took to the air, his interest was justified as the views revealed a beautiful Rough-legged Buzzard. The views were fairly distant but at what we and most would class as decent. Eventually both birds were seen so we made our move to the next destination.
Next stop a whistle stop tour of Ness Point for Purple Sandpiper. I had seen Purple Sandpiper at Brixham when I was there for the White-billed Diver (details and photos in previous blog) but always a joy to see. Then on to Covehithe Broad to see the Long-tailed Duck. Seeing the bird right in front of us I frantically got the scope ready for a pic and the second my iPhone was in the adaptor and pushed onto the scope the duck was off and flew to the most distant part of the lake.
SUNDAY 19/01/14 ELMLEY.
Thought that Elmley may well produce some Owl's. The place is great, has lots of birds and of course a long walk too. The walk is always worth it but in my experience, not always the best for photographic opportunity due to the massive expanse the birds have. This adventure, however, did prove me wrong.
Another great little bird to catch up was Stonechat. Three individuals, two male's and a female. Again the Stonechat photo is distant with iPhone and scope.