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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Stupid bloody hobby

I left Harlow early and got to Dave's, at about 7:15 we were around King's Lynn and there was blue sky. Was my decision to leave the camera at home a mistake?

We drove around the Wolferton triange and no Golden Pheasants and neither of us were prepared to wait.

At Tesco Dave refused Breakfast (still too full from last nights monster curry).

We parked on Hunstanton Cliffs and by god it was cold. Lots of Fulmars, a flock of Scoter, a few Red Breasted Mergansers and the highlight a Great Northern Diver.

We decided to avoid Titchwell and head for Wells for some Red Breasted Geese. Well they weren't there and it was a "bit parky". Some Brents about and also some Pink Feet along the way.

Stopped in at Cley Spy spent a fortune, well £17 for an attachment that makes using the shoulder pod and tripod much easier to use in combo.

Went on to Cley to look for Shore Lark and a Glaucous Gull. Well it was flipping awful. Waves crashing, gale force winds, rain. We found the Shore Lark but after 300 yards decided it was a Gull.

Birded Salthouse pools from the car. One poor bedraggled Mipit looked like we felt. A few Avocets, lots of Ringed Plovers, Dunlin, turnstone. At this point Dave and I went to the Dun Cow, ordered a pint of broadside and sat by the fire. Dinner was excellent.

Eventually Dave thought it looked brighter so we set off back to wherever. It was no better, froze at Wells again and decided stuff this for a game of soldiers.

Should have got back here about 4 but the M11 exit was closed so I had a 40 minute detour.


Leazwell said...

Bloody hobby, indeed. Sounds like you had a splendid adventure!

oldcrow61 said...

I know what it's like standing around in the cold hoping to get a picture. Brrrrrrrr! Over all though, sounds like you had a good day.

Hornet said...

Wow, that sounds like a blinder Pete!

Don't give up - the next mega is always just round the corner.