Birding Diary #2

Yesterday we made the most of the last of the autumnal sunshine and went for a walk around Hickling Broad in Norfolk. The Wildlife Trust promises hen harrier, kingfisher, cetti’s warbler, and otters, but in reality we walked around and saw absolutely¬†nothing for ages. Each hide we went in opened onto a small area of water that was totally unpopulated by bird life.

And then as we walked back towards the under-maintenance visitor centre we heard a “ping…ping” amongst the reedbeds, so we hung around. Suddenly, a party of bearded tits emerged. Bearded tits! I’d never seen any before. I was too slow off the mark to get my camera out of my boyfriend’s rucksack (our sightings had been so poor that I hadn’t even retrieved my camera yet). But we enjoyed watching them without technology as they were only a few feet away and it felt like such a privilege.

It’s always worth venturing out into nature – even in winter, even on a day when you’re disappointed by the lack of wildlife, something magical can suddenly happen.

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