Titchwell Marsh RSPB Reserve on North Norfolk Coast
With a little encouragement from Steve Ransome I am attempting my first photoblog. It could very well be my last one too. (Cheers from everyone)
Titchwell Marsh is an RSPB reserve just a few miles to the North East of Hunstanton and is accessed from the A149. Obviously, free to RSPB members but only £4 per day per car for non-members.
It’s the second time we have visited and it’s great to see that the RSPB have spent money (last year) in a very productive way to improve visibility for visitors and the construction of a very impressive new hide overlooking the lagoon. The footpath through the reserve leads out to the sea and this has been raised by a metre in height which enables much better visibility across the reserve. There are lots of benches to sit and enjoy the view.
Just a few more notes for anyone wishing to visit. Wheelchair access appears to be good and the hides have been set up to enable them. The west bank path is a public right of way to the beach and dogs are allowed along this route (on leads). The path (like the rest of Norfolk) is flat and well surfaced. Not sure exactly but its less than a mile from the entrance to the sea.
The day is Easter Saturday and is bright but very misty and it’s lovely and warm. Quite different to last years visit.
I warn you in advance that my bird identification skills are poor and I will probably annoy one or two of you by posting incorrect captions. You are welcome to correct me................
We are welcomed at the entrance by this colourful fellow and make our way into the reserve, passing the shop and cafe.
First encounter of the day was the little blue tit warming in the sun.
Followed by a little wren. Nothing very exciting yet but we have only gone a few yards.....
The reed beds are the first thing you come across and these are home for many species.
A greylag goose carefully protecting a new brood
Eat your greens and you'll grow big and strong
Another new brood getting a swimming lesson
Lots of coots scattered around
Also many moorhens
This mallard had to take to the air to keep tabs on her ducklings
The ducklings were quite happy investigating their surroundings
This drake seemed quite happy to chase any passng female
An escaping female coming into land
This is one of the old hides which is still used
But this is the new hide which gives great visibility over the lagoon
A pair of shelduck (which Steve kindly identified for me)
Double splash down
It's good to see the avocets in greater numbers than previous years.
The avocet is the logo of the RSPB
An avocet in flight
and another coming in to land
Many gulls this close to the sea
Always squabbling amongst themselves
This shot I particularly like
Heard calls from behind and grabbed this quick shot. Shame they were backlit.
A grey heron out in the lagoon.
An advance party of brent geese heading for the lagoon
with the main party close behind
Quite a few egrets around the lagoon
Finally the walkway brings you to the beach. Still quite misty as you can see, but at least the mist hides the windfarm. Hope the yatchsman knows they are there.
The walk back from the sea was equally rewarding. After a coffee and snack at the cafe our host was still there to bid us farewell.
It was a geat day out and I would recommend this to everyone.
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