Norfolk in March

We’ve just spent a week in north Norfolk in the small village of Binham.  It’s about 35 years since I set foot in Norfolk so I had no idea what to expect, except that I knew there was a good number of reserves in the area.  We had a great week visiting  RSPB, Norfolk Wildlife Trust, National Trust, and Hawk and Owl Trust reserves.  The only disappointment was Snettisham nature reserve because we walked miles to the hides and found almost nothing of interest.  I only had myself to blame.  Had I researched it properly in advance, I would have found that March is not the best time to visit, neither is it best to visit when the tide is out and the sun is shining straight into the camera lens.  Otherwise, the area was excellent and we were pleased to get some decent sightings of crossbills, brambling, redpoll, brown hares, marsh harriers, treecreepers, goldcrest, firecrest and barn owl, to name but a few.  As usual, some of the sightings were great through the binoculars but too far away for the camera but there are a few shots on the site.

I met a man and wife team of photographers from the West Midlands who visit a couple of times a year for barn owls and have some great photos but, apparently, this year there were fewer than normal in evidence, maybe because the mild winter has not forced them out to hunt during daylight.  The one on this post is the best I managed so I’ll be back in the future to try for something better!  My early morning forages got me some brown hares and pheasants performing for the camera.  My wife has banned some of the images for the sake of decency…



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