Let me know when that tide's coming in won't you

Let me know when that tide's coming in won't you

Monday, 16 March 2015

Holme-next-the-Sea beach

I love an early start to my bird watching day, so when the opportunity arises I like to grab it. In Norfolk (back in February) I got myself up and out to Holme beach for sunrise. It was cold, but the sun always makes things better when it comes out.
I had no idea what I was hoping to see, so anything was a bonus and there were a few too.
The tide was well out and it took me a good five minutes to get near the shore line. Redshanks were dabbling around the pools left by the outgoing tide and a few Sanderling and Dunlin were scurrying about as if it was last orders at the bar. Some Godwits turned out to be of the Bar-tailed variety.
There was a constant stream of Cormorants going across the sea and then a few flocks of Brent Geese came from the Snettisham direction.
A stunning morning which was just me and the birds.

A Redshank looking none to impressed.

Sanderling

Bar-tailed Godwit


Brent Geese
 




 Some that I found later in the fields feeding.




25 comments:

  1. Lovely light and I like the way the redshank is looking back at you in the first photo.

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  2. It's hard to beat that early morning sunlight Adam. I'm looking forward to May June and July and 4am starts!

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  3. That lighting is perfect. Well worth the early morning.

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  4. It's great to meet some foreign birds!

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  5. I love to see sea birds - they're so much fun to watch.
    Thanks for sharing your great photos at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/03/visiting-saint-kitts.html

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  6. What a beautiful morning with so many sightings.

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  7. That morning sun highlights the birds beautifully!
    Nice captures!

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  8. Superb captures in beautiful golden light.

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  9. What lovely dawn encounters!

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  10. Gorgeous captures in the early morning light.

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  11. You need only wait for the tide to go out to expose the mudflats. Here in inland Florida we must wait for the dry season to lower the lake levels before the sandpipers and plovers appear, if ever!

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  12. What beautiful morning light to capture a great array of birds.

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  13. A perfect day by my definition. It looked very colorful and light for a winter day! Wonderful birds all.

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  14. What stunning light the early morning has given you pictures. I particularly like the first and second to last ones.
    Thank you so much for adding your your shots to #AnimalTales

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  15. Fabulous photos and lovely lighting #AnimalTales

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  16. Lucas says - That Redshank looks like he's got real attitude!! My favourite photo is the Geese flying. We often have some fly over our house and they are REALLY noisy. We have Red Kites where we live too and they fly really low. We also have a Heron that likes my neighbours pond and he's really naughty! #animaltales

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  17. I am not very knowledgeable on shore birds but am off to Cornwall in a few weeks and will get up extra early to go and look. Great pics and very interesting.

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  18. Beautiful birds on the beach.

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  19. Beautiful images!!! The Redshank may not look too impressed, but the sunlight on it makes a gorgeous, tranquility I felt just viewing.

    And the Bar-tailed. I have a special bonding with that species. We had one in USA/Texas...a European Vagrant and I chased it all over the Gulf to photograph it. LOL

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  20. morning light always enhances nature and wildlife. They are all gorgeous :)

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  21. Looks like a wonderful day of birding. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Looks like a wonderful day of birding. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Thanks for taking us along. I, too try to be at my destination before sunup. It'so always the most exciting and beautiful time of the day.

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