Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Ibis, Great Egret and Cranes: just like the Mediterranean, but with snow!

After meeting Brian for an almost totally fruitless walk around the Fen, I decided to 'do the loop' from Cantley (no Peregrines) to Halvergate (nothing at all) ending up in Bure Park. By now it was snowing quite heavily, but the Glossy Ibis was still feeding right by the car park (although it did flap off to the pool to get out of the weather at one point!) There were several Fieldfares along the track: in fact, I saw Fieldfares at every site.

I thought I might look for Cranes, so headed north along the Caister by-pass: just as I reached the turn-off for the recycling centre I saw the Great (White) Egret approaching from the south. Pulling over, I had time for a single shot.

Next stop was in the Ludham region. The hedgerows held some nice, confiding Brambling, while a pair of Cranes displayed and trumpeted in the distance. A few wild Swans of both species lurked among the Mutes...












2 comments:

Caroline Gill said...

A lovely post: I keep hoping to see my first Glossy Ibis. When I lived in Postwick the wildlife we were (well, almost) most likely to see was Coypu.

David said...

Gosh: Coypu! That must have been a long time ago...
I have no idea where you live, but Glossy Ibises are becoming increasingly frequent visitors to Norfolk - they may well breed here soon, so keep looking!
Thanks for your comments :)