Friday, 1 July 2011

Horsey and Hickling Broad

Next stop was Horsey on the broads as a Red-footed Falcon had been in the area for the last few weeks but due to the weather of yesterday it had moved on (just my luck!) but around the area in the morning despite the wind were quite a few of the common butterflies plus Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Brimestone and few Dark Green Fritillarys around and some nice around with the Sedge Warblers been very showly lovely to see.

Singing Sedge Warbler

Next headed to Hickling Broad taking a bit longer thant it should have due to my bad map reading had a nice walk round Hickling Broad with a sighting of 1 Swallowtail Butterfly along the reeds near the first observation
platform where also had view of Bearded Tits, Sedge and Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting, Whitethroats, Common Terns Fishing and Cetti Warbler heard. After walking around the reserve decided to do the boat tour glad i did some nice and peaceful out on the water then had some wonderful views of Hickling Broad from above the treeline from the observation tower then from the tour hides saw Ringed Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, and Avocet along with Egyptian Geese, Grey Heron and a nesting Great Crested Grebe pair.

Through the reeds

Looking back through the broads

High up

The bird hide in the middle of the broad

Then headed backed to Horsey to have another look for falcon no sight but did get view of a lovely Black Redstart, a Red Fox and a Pair of Stonechats.

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