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Thursday, 28 February 2013

Thursday 28th February Exclusive Norfolk Day tour

Thursday 28th February Exclusive Day tour
Today got off to great start at Buckenham,  We started with lovely views of several 1000 Wigeon. In the great light early in the day our clients were able to take some beautiful images of the Wigeon, around  plus lots of Lapwing. We did extremely well for raptors this morning as well with  4 Marsh harrier, 2 Buzzard, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine & a male Hen Harrier. A nice surprise as well thsi morning with 110 Bewick Swans at the east end of the marsh, several flying west over our heads.

We stopped off at Buckenham & although the Geese have now clearly gone, there was around 
c3000 Golden Plover along with 1000+ Lapwing.

I stopped off further east so we could have lovely close up scope views of
 c70 Bewicks & 34 Whooper Swan. We made another stop & had lovely views of a hunting & then perched Barn owl.

We then moved further north, we had several  large flocks of 
Lapwing & Golden Plover, plus another good flock of Bewicks - around another 200.

Cranes were proving more elusive today but we enjoyed a good flock of 
Pink-footed Geese around c1200.

A stop for lunch still failed to produce any Short-eared Owls, but some consolation was nice views of swarming flocks of 
Golden Plover & lots of Lapwing.We searched around the east end of Hickling & were rewarded with a hunting Short-eared Owl, a male Hen Harrier & several Marsh Harrier.

We finished the day with another good raptor roost at Hickling,
  2 male Merlin, a male Hen Harrier very close views & perched on the ground including plus c30 Marsh Harrier, a Barn owl & 2 Cranes.

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