The north Norfolk coastline is a place I never get tired of. Everytime I visit it never fails to amaze me with the beautiful spectacles in nature that I witness. At the moment Geese (Brent, Greylag, Pink-foot) are arriving there daily. Their numbers swelling each day as you watch them assemble altogether on fields, the noise is deafening but its amazing to watch as they feed, constantly watching for predators, calling each other, always in complete communication.
The next time you see a large group of Geese on the ground, just take a moment to watch them and you will be amazed at the way they stick together, how they see everything and are talking to each other all the time, its the perfect example of strength in numbers and the simple but successful way in which Geese live alongside each other.
Over the last 4-6 weeks I have noticed that the number of waders have been really low, with their number being dispersed further around the coastline from Snettisham, but in general the numbers have been low mainly due to the warmer weather we are having after the very cold start to the year, its delaying alot of wildlife I feel. So after spending the weekend there on one to ones it was great to see the number of waders back up to the levels you’d hope and expect to see at this time of year. Where most if not all are not looking their best as they go through their moulting period.
With the darker mornings and the onset of winter just around the corner the tides come in sometimes now while its still dark. This happened to us this weekend, so we were treated to the massive flocks flying just feet over our heads in the dark, which was an amazing experience to witness. Your sight is not great so you rely on your other senses to see whats going on which only heightens this amazing experience.
As the light came up and the birds were flying around, they started to settle into the pools or pits as they are better known in front of the hides there. I showed Phil, one of my clients on this day, how to use a slow shutter speed, capturing movement in a photo which in turn conveys the sheer power, movement and size of the flocks here. Something spooked the flock and they all took off together, its been a long time since I saw this, as the whole lot, some 1-2 thousand birds went from a dormant, sleepy state into this powerful take off I captured in the two above images using a low shutter speed and low ISO.
They then settle back down into these pools sleeping and waiting until the tide retreats before heading back out to sea. One of natures most amazing spectacles that if you are lucky enough to see the experience will stay with you forever. The number of other birds that live in and around this coastline is vast, where they all feed in their different ways, I often feel in all the mayhem that these birds get forgotten about and passed over in favour of the massive flocks. My advice would be to look everywhere once you are there and you’ll see so much other birdlife just going about their business in this rich and very diverse area of the north Norfolk coastline.
The Great Peak District Fair is this weekend 16Th, 17Th October at the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton. I will be displaying my images in various different formats along with my Limited Edition Tiger prints where 50% of the profits from each sale go towards 21 Century Tiger, a charity that gives 100% of the money to helping wild Tiger survive in the wild.
The fair is an experience of everything that is great about the Peak District, where you can enjoy the delights of the finest local products, amazing foods with over 90 exhibitors the weekend promises to be fun for the whole family with live music and much more so if you are in the area pop in to say hello at the same time enjoy the delights of this very busy and amazing fair set within the beautiful Pavilion Gardens.