Monday, 25 April 2011

Right Place, Right Time pt 3 - 24.4.11

4 photos of the stonking male Citrine Wagtail.

As the caravan was freezing we got up early and were out by 9.30am! The plan was to head to Hickling Broad and have a look over rush hill scrape. We were 10 minutes away when the pager went off. Sod Hickling we are off to East Runton near Cromer!! Just before 10.30am we arrived on site and scanned a small field opposite the Wyndham caravan park and straight away found our quarry. There infront of the gathered crowd was my 2nd ever Citrine Wagtail but unlike the 1st winter I saw on the Scillies this one was a stonking adult male!! Truly stunning. Amazingly this small field also held 3 Yellow Wagtails, one each of White and Pied Wagtail and a Wheatear! Above you can see just how stunning it was (albeit a bit blurry!!). Just after we left the fog rolled in and the temperature dropped dramatically. At nearby Cromer a Fulmar flew past and onto my year list. Even though it was a bit cold we stopped off at Bacton and had 8 Sandwich Terns going North. 5 more were seen at Happisburgh and whilst driving through Lessingham a Lesser Whitethroat rattled away. Another visit to Breydon Water saw a dozen Greenshanks and 2 Avocet.

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