Titchwell in September - Curlew & Oystercatcher

October 18, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Titchwell in September - Oystercatcher & Curlew
 

My first visit to the beach proved fruitless as it was still completely covered with water. But later in the morning I revisited and the tide was part way out - the beach at Titchwell is quite flat and it was quite a long way down to the water's edge. I decided to see how close I could get to the birds I could see in the distance.
 

My trip down to the water's edge proved very successful. As the tide went out, various rocks and pools became uncovered, providing feeding ares for a variety of wading birds. With a slow careful approach I got closer and closer.
 

Two of the larger species on the shoreline were Oystercatcher & Curlew. Unfortunately, they were also two of the more nervous species, with the call of the Oystercatchers in particular, causing a steady procession of birds away from me as I approached. 
 

I had to approach very carefully to get anywhere near these birds, keeping as low as possible, pausing from time to time. But eventually I got a few images I was pleased with.
 


 

OystercatcherOystercatcherTitchwell Beach, Norfolk, UK
 

OystercatcherOystercatcherTitchwell Beach, Norfolk, UK
 

OystercatcherOystercatcherTitchwell Beach, Norfolk, UK
 

OystercatcherOystercatcherTitchwell Beach, Norfolk, UK
 

The Curlew on the beach were equally nervous, and I had to be satisfied with fairly distant shots. 
 

CurlewCurlewTitchwell Beach, Norfolk, UK
 

Curlew pairCurlew pairTitchwell Beach, Norfolk, UK
 

Later in the day though , I was able to get closer images from one of the hides on the reserve itself.
 

CurlewCurlewTitchwell, Norfolk, UK
 

I was particularly pleased with this one.
 


 

Back on the beach my attention turned to other species........
 


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