Saturday, 5 December 2015

Cantley, Buckenham and Strumpshaw

I braved the conditions and headed to Cantley/Buckenham on the aim to get a photo of Taiga Bean Goose.

First stop was Cantley Burnt House Road.

The wind was incredibly strong and was very difficult to stand straight. The Marsh Harrier's were struggling to fly and many birds seemed anchored to the ground.

A small flock of Pink-footed Geese flew over.

Around 80 White-fronted Geese were on the marsh but all the birds were very jittery and spooked easily. 

I scanned around for about a hour not seeing anything else so headed to Buckenham Marsh RSPB.

From the car park a nice flock of Lapwing held a few Ruff.

On the river I scanned through the large flock of Wigeon in the hope of something rarer but had no joy.

On the walk down the river I saw Kingfisher and Little Egret, a Chinese Water Deer crashed through the reeds as I walked up to it, the strong wind clearly had hidden my presence. Walking further I could see the Taiga Bean Geese in the distant.

They remained distant and did take flight briefly and landed slightly further away.

I then headed for Strumpshaw, very quiet here with most of the birds seen around the feeders. Marsh Tit and Marsh Harrier were the highlights although it was good to photograph these.

Great Tit





The only animals that looked relaxed about the weather were these.

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