North Norfolk Coast - Avocets
Just like the Little Egret, it doesn't seem that long ago that Avocets were something of a rarity. Now they are relatively common, although still heavily protected, and were present at all the locations I visited on the North Norfolk coast. Another similarlity with the Egrets is the fact they are predominantly white birds, and the challenges that this presents photographically. Soft light, either in the early morning or late evening is best.
Avocets came within photographic range on a couple of occasions throughout the day. On the first of these, a group of 4 birds flew in and landed right near me as I sat out in the open taking a quick break. I was able to take one image I was particularly pleased with.
A far more productive location was Titchwell RSPB reserve where I was able to photograph Avocets from one of the new public hides. The new hides at Titchwell have been the subject of much conversation on the internet - I will leave it for others to comment on the look and style of the new hides. All I will say is that the birds come remarkably close considering the amount of window area (the term "hide" is a bit of a misnomer) and once you have learned that the door hinges are so strong that a released door will scare a deaf dog at half a mile, they seem to have a lot of potential for photography.
Avocets are magnificent, elegant birds and they make particularly nice photos on a still summer's evening, where a good reflection can really enhance an image.
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