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Titchwell Marsh (2)

 

There is a distinctive atmosphere about Titchwell Marsh Nature Reserve:  an almost reverential hush punctuated by the evocative call of the curlew.   There is  even, with the isolated exception, an absence of mobile phones!  Voices are mezzo piano rather than forte.  Movements are unrushed and controlled to avoid disruption or distraction.  There is a tacit acknowledgement that we are in the birds’ domain and it is a privilege to be admitted.

Regrettably, the quality of the photos is not good.  They were taken on a grey day with a handheld compact camera and most of the birds were at least 100 yards away.  But I hope they convey  something of the sense of place.

 

 

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The unwelcome visitor!

Clearly the Little Egret is not pleased by this intrusion!  ‘Go away!  Leave me alone!’

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More from the estuary

As with the previous selection it will be helpful to click the images for greater detail.

Early morning

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The Estuary

Recently my wife and I spent a few days holidaying in South Devon.  By sheer good fortune we were delighted to discover that our hotel room looked out across the estuary of the River Teign  –  a location that attracts a wide range of wading birds.  It was a photographer’s paradise.  The down side was that most of the bird activity took place in the centre of the estuary at a distance  of not less than 150 yards from my vantage point and I was equipped only with a Panasonic compact.  In addition, at low tide the sea receded completely leaving a glossy morass of mud.  The reflected light played havoc with the metering of the camera, often producing  results resembling an ice rink or winter landscape.  Despite these difficulties (resulting in poor quality images) it was clearly a ‘must take’ situation.

Because of their panoramic nature it will be helpful to click some of the pictures for greater detail.

I am always intrigued by the way birds (especially gulls) turn to face the sun as it begins to set.  I can’t identify the smaller birds in the foreground  –  are they sandpipers, or maybe turnstones?

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