I had a few days in north Norfolk last weekend, an area I've only really visited once before, but one I wanted to see again. The area around Cley (pronounced to rhyme with 'eye') is a beautiful region, with large areas of saltmarsh, beaches, farmland and lakes, and it's a mecca for all sorts of birds.
First stop was at Holkham, as there is a large roost of Pink-Footed Geese on the marshes here, but as I'm not a wildlife photographer, I don't really own the required lenses to get a close crop in on the birds, which tend to stay at a fair distance. However, I was more than happy with shots like this one looking across the reed beds.
The next day saw a trip into Cley itself, to visit the Norfolk Wildlife Trust visitor centre and reserve, briefly stopping off to see the White Crowned Sparrow which had arrived from North America a couple of weeks before.
It was quite surprising how many birdwatchers and twitchers (there is a difference) were there to see it...
Sunday midday was spent at Pensthorpe Nature Reserve & Gardens, home to a wide variety of mainly wetland birds on both the lakes and within aviaries. There's also a few mammals there too, Red Squirrels in an enclosure and on 'Squirrel Island', but also Otters in the river Wensum which runs through the reserve, and at least one Stoat, which unfortunately was far too quick for me!
Here are some of the shots I got there:
A Puna Teal
A Lapwing, in one of the aviaries.
A Baikal Teal in one of the aviaries.
A sleeping Red Squirrel in an enclosure, probably my favourite shot of the trip, either that one or the Baikal Teal...
Later in the afternoon saw a visit to the beach at Wells-next-the-Sea, where there are some lovely, and varied beach huts, as well as miles of sand, assuming you get there at low tide.
Monday was the last day of the trip, but before leaving the B&B (Holly Lodge Guesthouse, in Thursford Green, very much recommended) I had to take a few shots of the dewy grass and moss on the wall in the garden.
It was an excellent trip which yielded some great photos for me, and I can't wait to go back.