All coming out in The Wash!

Our visit to North Norfolk this week coincided with a spring tide so early in the morning we headed off to RSPB Snettishem reserve on The Wash to witness the high tide wader roost.

Group at Snettisham

Snettisham wader watchers!

It didn't disappoint! As the high tide came in, thousands upon thousand of waders were pushed ahead of the rising water into an ever-decreasing patch of mud. Not enough room for them all so wave after wave of them were forced into the air to take to the nearby lagoon until the tide dropped again to reveal a fresh smorgasbord of invertebrate-rich mud on they could feed. Peregrines hunted the area knowing there were plenty of targets for them, and the swirling flocks of waders bunched and stretched into amazing aerial shapes as they sought to evade the raptors. So many tempting but moving prey, which one to lock onto, and several times we held our breath as a plucky Knot jinked and dived to avoid the Peregrine, sometimes escaping back into the flock, but inevitably, sometimes not so,lucky. Peregrines dined well that morning!

We took so many photos of this breathtaking spectacle that we still have a lot of editing to do, so here are just a couple of back-of-the-camera shots to give you a flavour. As soon as we've had a chance to edit them, we'll post some of the highlights, so do check back for more!

Snettisham shower

Snettisham shapes

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