Wednesday, 19 October 2011

RSPB Titchwell 19/10/2011

We had a good day at the RSPB reserve at Titchwell. The wind was a little stronger than I would have liked but the sun stayed out most of the day with the afternoon heavy showers skirting inland around the reserve. We headed down to the beach first thing but it was generally quiet, especially compared to my trip last month. The sea was very rough and the tide was in, but a small party of Sanderlings were working the shoreline providing a good photo op.

Sanderling feeding

And a bit closer still
There were quite a few Dark-bellied Brent Geese on the reserve. They were moving between the fresh water marsh and the marsh on the east side of the main path.
Dark-bellied Brent Geese
There was also a large party of Golden Plovers roosting in front of Parrinder hide on the freshwater marsh. On several occasions during the day they all got up providing quite a spectacle.

Golden Plovers
In the afternoon we joined one of the volunteers for a guided walk around the reserve which was very informative. We came across a couple of Black-tailed Godwits having a dispute.

Touch, Pause.... 
Engage! 
A little Rugby reference there during this world cup week :-)

And finally we had good views of a male Pintail from Parrinder hide.
Pintail (m)
We also spotted a couple of parties of Pink-footed Geese passing high over the reserve during the day. Also seen/heard were Cettis Warbler, Bar-tailed Godwit, Ruff, Oystercatcher, Great Black-backed Gull, Teal, Shoveler, Spotted Redshank, Common Redshank, Spoonbill, Little Egret, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel and many more!