Posted by: mynaturaldiary | December 4, 2019

Golden Dawn

There was a golden dawn at the RSPB reserve at Snettisham

and the Pink Footed geese rose to greet it in their tens of thousands. forming ribbons of birds in the sky.

Pink-footed goose (Anser brachyrhynchus)

This beautiful spectacle happens most days during the winter months as the geese overwinter on the Wash.

The sun finally appears.

A Cormorant flew across the dawn sky

Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)

Lapwing were also flying in the dawn light

Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

As were Redshank

Redshank (Tringa totanus)

Greylag Geese were on the waters

Greylag Goose (Anser anser)

and in the skies

Egyptian Geese were in the fields by the reserve.

Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca)

Ducks were there including Wigeon

Wigeon (Anas penelope)


Shoveler (Anas clypeata)

and delightful Goldeneye

Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)

Now onto hunters. First, a Little Egret, fishing in the sunlight.

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

and a roosting Little Owl (thanks Ian for the spot)

Little Owl (Athene noctua)

and Short Eared Owls roosting.

Short-eared owl (Asio flammeus)

And a Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)

And on the mudflats of the wash were Golden Plover, with a passing Shelduck in the background

Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria)

Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)

There were also Grey Plover on the mud.

Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)

Walking away from the waters edge and onto land a robin was seen.

Robin (Erithacus rubecula)

The mudflats await the incoming tide and the daily cycle continues.


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