The following morning while looking out of our bedroom window 2 Grey(English) Partridge walked across the road and into the owners garden. Nice ending to our B&B stay.
Our friends live at Overstrand, but on the way we stopped off at Wells Next The Sea, and I am glad we did. It was a nice day and while sitting at the harbour I saw a lot of gulls and a few Common Terns around looking for food, as they do, and then I saw 2 smaller birds, I knew what they was straight away. They was nippy, hovered, dropped down for food, yellow bill, and legs, I am of course talking about one of my top 5 birds. 2 LITTLE TERNS. 5 days later when we started out for home we went via Wells and to my surprise the 2 Little Terns was still there.
This wasn't a birding holiday but we did go out on 2 days, the first was a trip to Titchwell RSPB reserve. It was a lovely day but there wasn't great number of bird species about but what I did see was well worth the the trip. I had a look around from one of the benches that overlook the scrape. There was a few of the wader species that are seen at many places at this time of year, the only different one was a solitary Little Ringed Plover, but what was keeping me there for quite a while was watching 9 LITTLE GULLS scattered around, that was one of 2 good species of bird I was told to look out for when I was in the visitor centre.
The other species took me a bit longer to see because this species was on the other side of the reserve. When I arrived there was 2 other birders watching through the screen at what I wanted to see and that was RED CRESTED POCHARD. It wasn't just the species I want to see it was the number, there was 12 in all, 5 stunning males and 7 female. On our way back I saw a few birders on the east bank at Cley, I asked them what was about and they told me that there was 2 Spoonbills out on the salt marsh, so I walked on a little further and then I saw them, another nice bird for my holiday list.
My final day out was to Hickling Broads. it was a glorious day, ideal for looking for swallowtail butterflies.
I asked in the centre if any had been seen and she told me to keep a eye on the thistles next to the path that leads away from the hide. I did this and I didn't have to wait long, SWALLOWTAILS, 3 of them flying up and down. The first one I nearly trod on. The pictures are not that good due to the fact that they didn't settle in one place for long.
The other 2 was flying up and down the same area. identification was easy due to the fact that one had wing damage and another had tail damage.
The picture below was a point and shoot, I just happened to see them together so I fired off a couple of shots, this is the closest I got to getting both of them in one picture.
I have been there many times and never seen them as close as that, at one time another seeker and I was as close as 4-5 feet away. Amazing, "What beauties".
And now for my usual *Bird of the Day* It should be quite difficult but to me there can be only one, and that is the ** 2 LITTLE TERNS.**
( I know it is not a bird but how can anyone not want to put the Swallowtail as their best sighting of the day)