Fallow Stag, Knowle Park.

Fallow Stag, Knowle Park.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

** Pensthorpe Nature Reserve, Norfolk.**

Pam and I had a few days away last week near Great Yarmouth, and as Thursday was to be the best day, we decided to have a run up to Pensthorpe Nature Reserve, at Fakenham where they film Springwatch, and Autumnwatch.
It is quite a big place, plenty of walks, bird hides etc, along with  wildfowl from around the world. I took a lot of photo's, as you do, some quite close, some not so close. So as sample I have posted a few of them.I did look for Common Cranes in the fields on the way there in some of the usual areas where I have seen them before, but to no avail. It was a bit like looking for a Bittern in a reed bed. For a big bird they are not easy to find, but we didi actually see 4 in one of the fields at the back of the reserve, near one of the scrapes.Some of the following photo's was taken with the light in front of me as it wasn't always possible to shoot with the sun behind me. 
                                                        White Stork

                                                   Black Stork.

                                                Marabou Stork.

                                                      Blue Crane.

                                                 White Naped Crane.

                                                Common Crane.

                       The 2 Common Crane's above was a distant shot.

                                                  Scarlet Ibis.

                                                  Bald Ibis.

                                                Red Breasted Goose.

Red Breasted Merganser.

                                                  Puna Teal.

Rosy Billed Pochard.

Southern Black Bellied Whistling Duck.

Hooded Merganser.

                                                   Swan Goose.

                                                 Ruddy Shelduck.

 There is 2 extra photo's here, one is of the sun and clouds, and the other is a fungi which I have yet to look up it's name.

I now know the fungi below to be called a Birch Polypore-Piptoporus betulinus. With thanks to Greenie and his  knowledge

I could have added others but It was difficult to decide which ones to pick.
Also while in Norfolk I saw many different skeins of Pink Footed Geese arriving in numbers of anything from 50 to a few hundred.


  1. Each photo is wonderful, Ken. The one that stands out to me is hooder merganser with its beak open. I hope you post more photos from your trip.

  2. What a terrific collection Ken,glad you both had a good time.
    Stunning images,well done.

  3. Ken ,
    Like Wilma , my favourite is the open billed Hooded Merganser .
    Your fungi is Birch Polypore-Piptoporus betulinus .