In reply to TJS:
Glad you had an enjoyable visit toTitchwell, it's a wonderful reserve, my wife saw her first Bearded Tit there on her birthday many years ago. She took me there for my delayed 70th birthday in early Dec last year, delayed by a week by lockdown during November, we had 2 days of constant rain and sleet off the North Sea and 2 lovely days of sunshine. Because we were on holiday we were out in the rain and sleet all day on the reserve and still really enjoyed it. Suffolk has plenty of WW2 bunkers on the coast as well, but not quite such wide open spaces as North Norfolk.
Sorry you missed your Bearded Tit/Reedling, here's one from Minsmere from last September and I've hardly seen one since.
Hopefully another chance to visit will present itself soon.
Thank you Trevor, and also for the pic.
I think most coastal locations endure harsh weather during the winter, and other seasons also. The east coast generally has a large plethora of WWII bunkers, but then so do a lot of other coasts, particularly the southern coasts. When I was down in Cornwall, there were quite a few bunkers around the coast there and Pendennis Castle, Falmouth, was an active military stronghold until 1956, still has armament batteries from WWII!
I think its amazing what you actually can see on the harshest of days, and if it wasn't for camera gear not being very weatherproof, I would be out there more often, though I am looking at weatherproof covers.
In the interim, I do have a weather and shockproof compact, which I bought for those intrepid mountain days where weather and terrain can be questionable....
Flickr Peak Rambler
In reply to PimperneBloke:
here's one from Minsmere
Way to rub it in that Mike didn't see one Trevor LOL!
That's a fab pic mind lol
Some folk just like to rub things in, just like the Dartford Warbler...
As rightly you say, it is a super photo.
In reply to Mike B:
TJS said:Fortunately the coastal birds don't seem to mind the rain so I did get some quite good pictures , my G9 is weather sealed but I only trust that up to a point. The camera was in a large plastic bag, taken out for some quick shots, wiped down and back in the bag. One tends to wait for nice weather when on your home patch, but being away with nothing else to do forces you to be more adventurous.
I have the Pentax WG-3, which is supposed to be shock and weatherproof.
Its definitely waterproof, the day I bought it, based on an outdoor magazine recommendation, I dunked it in a bath full of cold water, left it there for an hour, and the battery/SD card compartment was still bone dry, and the camera hasn't faulted.
As for shockproof, I never did try that, I wasn't too sure what the limits would be, but if it leaked, it would have been straight back to the shop.
Hi the top photo shows the ruin known as a Merlin perch. Then Common Sand and Redshank
The ruin on the beach is the Purple Sandpiper perch. S
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In reply to seymouraves:
Pete, many thanks for the info on the bunkers, and bird ID's, I've updated my Flickr pages accordingly
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