|Early morning over Titchwell Fresh Marsh|
|But not for long!|
|soft light on a little egret|
|eider from the beach|
|godwits, dunlin, knots and avocets|
|sandwich tern, dunlin, ruff etc|
|little ringed plover|
|chinese water deer on Thornham Marsh|
|as far as it emerged.|
|top shot: my depiction of a common tern diving. Missed!|
Picnic bought and eaten at Arnold's Marsh along the East bank. A bearded tit flew by and there were several 100 sandwich terns on Arnold's along with regular waders. I then fancied a bit of sea watching and although there was little movement: sandwich and common tern, cormorant, solitary knot, oystercatcher and curlew and several cormorant, I enjoyed just resting on the beach and watching the world go by.
|sandwich tern, as below|
From here, I returned to the visitor's centre for a coffee before visiting the hides. Green sandpiper was added to the list as was a fly through hobby, too quick for my camera. More regular waders, with good numbers of ruff and black tailed godwit.
From here, I went around to the beach for another sea watch, but more of the same so a quick trip to Kelling Heath, which was birdless so a brief visit to Gramborough Hill where again, nothing new was added.
By now, my 4a.m. start was beginning to tell, so back to the car and home by 8.15pm.
In all, 72 species which is not too bad for July and 3 year listers in spotted crake, wood sandpiper and arctic skua.