Saturday, 2 February 2013

Extreme Birding

8 lunatic intrepid birders left South Wales on January 17th - a matter of hours before the Met Office Red Alert Warning for heavy snow in the region - for the annual 'unofficial' Glamorgan Bird Club trip to Norfolk.

Can you identify 7 of the 8 Glamorgan Birders seawatching from 
just off the legendary East Bank at Cley? Answers below.

Not even the extreme conditions (below zero temperatures, howling easterly winds with occasional horizontal snow showers) got in the way of the birding. But, considering the weather, it wasn't surprising that the long weekend list was slightly shorter than usual.

Nevertheless, as always in Norfolk, there were a few highlights: Great White Egret, Cranes, Lapland and Snow Buntings (no Corn Bunting or Shorelark this year), Twite, both Partridges, Tree Sparrow, Rough-legged, Buzzard,  Black and Red-throated Divers, Little Gull, Merlin, Hen Harrier, Long-tailed Duck, Barn and Tawny Owls,  Taiga Bean, Pink-feet, Brent and White fronted Geese.

Of course, this annual trip isn't all about the birds. The craic in the evenings at the King's Arms at Blakeney was as good as usual, despite the weather.

From left to right: Kevin Hughes, Wayne Morris, Gareth Jenkins, Stuart Hardcastle, 
Alan Rosney, Mike Wheeler and Geri Thomas. Behind the lens,
having lost all sensation in his fingers, Daniel Jenkins-Jones.

1 comment:

John Wilson said...

Nice one. Sorry I missed it. Must try & come again as I've missed 2 consecutive yrs now.