Bobbing Jack

Good birdwatching and great birds don't stop just because of tough birding conditions, as we found again yesterday with gusty winds and lashing rain!

Jack Snipe will brighten any day! Phone-scoped image

We headed to RSPB Titchwell where the hides promised some shelter from the worst of the weather, we weren't alone and the hides were pretty cosy! But everyone was very helpfully pointing out the birds. Star bird simply had to be the Jack Snipe, bobbing along at the edge of the reeds in full view of the Island Mere Hide, how obliging. We watched this bird for ages as it bobbed and probed in the soft mud here. Then a Water Rail defied its field guide description as a skulking bird by coming out of the reeds and similarly pottering along the edge of the reeds in full view as it probed the mud. Everyone soaked up the amazing views of these two fabulous birds.

Click on the link to see the video footage we posted of the Jack Snipe on Facebook to really appreciate its bobbing!

Further out on the lagoon, we were able to compare Bar-tailed and Black-tailed Godwits side-by-side, as well as enjoying Ruff and Avocets. We also checked out the Meadow Fen and where we caught up with bathing Mediterranean Gulls, Red-crested Pochard and more Ruff.

MM Ruff

Ruff dropped into the muddy lagoons

We braved the elements and walked out to the beach where we were rewarded with an Arctic Skua flying by, as well as super close views of Sanderling and Turnstones checking the high-tide watermark. As we walked back to the cafe for a well-deserved hot drink, we picked out a smart Spotted Redshank amongst a gathering of Common Redshank on one of the saltwater lagoons which again provided a great opportunity for comparison as the two similar birds fed side-by-side. An extremely colourful male Marsh Harrier quartered over the reeds as it was buffetted by the winds.

So it just goes to show that you shouldn't let a drop of rain or a puff of wind put you off going birding, there are always great birds to enjoy!

Norfolk Spotted Redshank

Spotted Redshank in the shallow saltwater lagoon

More Norfolk birding adventures to come so do check back again for more!

And if you fancy joining us for more birds overseas, do take a look at our upcoming trips to Morocco
(please see webpage Best of Morocco April 2019)

and Georgia
(please see webpage Spring Birding in Georgia April 2019)

in April 2019. Both tours have two places still available.

Or if you fancy something further afield, how about joining us in Ecuador in February 2019
(please see webpage Introduction to Ecuador a Birding Paradise),

or our exciting trip to Ghana in November 2019
(please see Very Best of Ghana Birds and Wildlife November 2019)?

Just click on the links in bold to go direct to the webpage for more details.

We'd love you to join us for lots of great birds in exciting places. Please email us on for more information.

We look forward to hearing from you and sharing great birds with you!

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