Monthly Archives: February 2013

A week with the Beast from the East

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.

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