Monday, March 31, 2008

(not) Spring 08 holiday, day 5, part 2

Other birds about included this lone Ruff, distinguished by the white ring around the bill:















an Oystercatcher trying to reach the parts that are harder to get to:



















an Avocet that had just caught a meal:













and finally, another pink plumaged Black-headed Gull:












From Titchwell after a hearty jacket spud lunch, we drove to Burnham Deepdale for a walk in search of raptors, around an old mill and some salt marshes. The first bird of note we spotted was, you guessed it, another Barn Owl, that's now four in four days, a bit of a theme developing here...













The Owl settled briefly, which enabled me to get a sharper focus:












On the walk around, we spotted this strange looking Pink-footed Goose, in the company of both Canada Geese and other Pink-foots. I presume it is leucistic, with reduced pigment in its feathers:














We got really quite close to this Little Egret, mooching around in a pool, before completing quite a wearing trek around, the ground being sodden and boggy, but another distinct and wildlife friendly part of the 'bird coast'.




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