The weathermen (and women) said it would be cold and it would be windy, with the 'beast from the east' wind, blowing hard from Siberia. Well it was cold, probably -2, but feeling like -8 deg C in the wind-chill.
It was also dull, as I set off for a few days in north Norfolk. After 3 hours, including a pit-stop at McDonald's, just east of Peterborough, I arrived at RSPB Titchwell Marsh Reserve, 4 miles east of Hunstanton. Looking at the weather, I felt that this would be yet another poor-weather week in Norfolk, where the binoculars and telescope would be used more than the cameras, and to a degree, it was the case. Still, an enjoyable few days, with trips to NWT Cley Marsh and to a bitterly cold Salthouse.
I stayed at the Caley Hall Hotel, in Old Hunstanton, and I can thoroughly recommend it. For 4 nights B & B and evening meal, including the occasional beer and coffees, it came to £285, which at £70/night for Norfolk, is very good.
I like RSPB Titchwell a lot and spent most time there, sighting Water Rail, Long-tailed Duck, Golden Plover, Mediterranean Gull, Barn Owl and at least 4 Spotted Redshank, amongst the other usual fayre, proving that this reserve still draws in the birds. In fact on Sunday, it felt like another day at Willington, as I met Richard James, Rodney Key and Richard's friend Ian, on a day out and also Mac (without May), who was on a bus trip for the day.
Anyway, on Wednesday, the weather relented – the wind dropped a bit and the sun finally came out. I spent most of the day on the beach, dodging the tide and photographing the in-flight waders. Below is a selection of images from this day.