Last year, while in England, I made it a point to plan my routes through AONB's: Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
This time I took things a little further, planning visits for a new interest of mine: 'birding'. I carried with me
telezoom lens of 600mm for this purpose. But I am a novice at this and a chronic lack of patience may prevent me
from becoming any better at this. Identifying the birds is a major obstacle for me, but the scenery of these areas,
such as here Titchwell Marsh, are most enjoyable.
The strong winds kept the birds mostly on the ground, an aspect I had not considered..
Titchwell Marsh is an English nature reserve owned and managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Located on the north
coast of the county of Norfolk, between the villages of Titchwell and Thornham.
its 171 hectares (420 acres) include reed beds, saltmarshes, a freshwater lagoon and sandy beach, with a small woodland area near the car park.
This internationally important reserve is part of the North Norfolk Coast Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and the Norfolk Coast Area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Titchwell Marsh is archaeologically significant, with artefacts dating back to the Upper Paleolithic, and has remains of military constructions from
both world wars. These include brickwork from a First World War military hospital and 1940s artillery targets for armoured fighting vehicles and
warplanes in the Second World War.
Egyptian geese (Alopochen aegyptiaca; NL: Nijlgans)
A Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna; NL: Bergeend)
Black-headed gull, in summer plumage (Chroicocephalus ridibundus; NL: Kokmeeuw)
Pied (Eurasian?) Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta; NL: Kluut)
A volunteer at the visitor center pointed out a Tawny Owl (or Brown Owl - Strix aluco
; NL: Bosuil) to me, I would have walked past it most assuredly!
The tawny owl is a robust bird, 37-46 cm (in length, with an 81-105 cm wingspan.
Weight can range from 385 to 800 gr.
Its large rounded head lacks ear tufts and the facial disc
surrounding the dark brown eyes is usually rather plain. en.wikipedia.org:_Tawny_Owl
After our windy visit to Titchwell Marsh we entered the summer heat again in the centre of town at King's Lynn.
I came across a statue here of King John, one does not come across many commemorations of King John...
King's Lynn was one of the last places he visited shortly before his death in 1216 and the fateful loss of his treasure,
as his baggage train attempted to cross the marshlands around the Wash... He probably was led astray on purpose.
The area deserves further exploration, at some future date, for now I was merely out to visit the bookshop
of Waterstones here; it brought a moderate success, a Donna Leon paperback and a photobook.
The heat made us skip a visit to the nearby St.Margeret Church and instead we retired to 'The Eagle', to watch
Senegal 0-1 Colombia. It would more and more become a routine, watching (part of) a game in a nice pub with a
cold refreshment in front of us.