I have compiled a list of some of the places I like to visit to photograph birds.
Norfolk is a paradise for birdwatchers’ and photographers and a wonderful place for young and the not so young to learn about our feathered friends.
NWT Cley Marshes is a compulsory port of call. This nature reserve, the oldest in the county. It has such a range of habitats and attracts such a wide diversity of birds.
NWT Hickling Broad National Nature Reserve, is the largest of the Norfolk Broads. The reed beds are home to the birds such as booming bitterns and bearded tits.
On the water can be found great crested grebes and watch out in the skies for the stunning marsh harriers. Others that can be seen are osprey, spoonbill, avocet and even common cranes which have returned to nest in the area.
the displays of waders and wildfowl are amazing, attracted to the mudbanks and salt marshes of The Wash.
RSPB Titchwell Marsh is good all year round for birdwatching. You will see migrating waders such as ruffs, black-tailed godwits and spotted redshanks. Watch the amazing “sky-dancing of the marsh harriers and listen out for a booming bittern. others to be found are curlew sandpipers and little stint in autumn and roosting birds of prey, rafts of wildfowl and skeins of pink footed geese in winter.
Explore RSPB Strumpshaw Fen in the heart of the Broads is another great place to explore in all seasons.
NWT Foxley Wood is Norfolk’s largest woodland, believed to be over 6,000 years old. Sparrowhawks and tawny owls are known to breed in the wood and you might well see great spotted and green woodpecker. In other areas such as the young coppice you will find birds such as garden warbler, blackcap and whitethroat as they flit through the bushes in search of insects.
High Lodge visitor centre is in the heart of Thetford Forest, Britain’s largest lowland pine forest. Deep in the forest you may well see species such as nightjar, crossbill, woodlark and tree pipit.
At RSPB Berney Marshes and Breydon Water. look out for owls and birds of prey such as hen harrier looking out for mice and shrews and watch the spectacular displays of wintering waders and wildfowl. Huge flocks of golden plover, lapwing and wigeon can be seen both on the water and across the marshes.
Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve is an excellent place to get close to birds throughout the habitats which include wet woodland, hazel coppice, reed and sedge beds, open water and wet meadow.
The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Welney Wetland Centre is known throughout the world with good sightings all-year round, particularly in the early winter when the swans reappear.