Return to Snettisham

Sunday 16/12/12 saw a return visit to Snettisham in Norfolk. I have written about this location in a previous post.

I arrived quite early at the car park which was busy as I had expected. It was still dark when I reached the farthest hide on the reserve which is a short walk from the car park. This is where I planned to shoot from that day, a few photographers were already set up in position.

Motion blur. A group of knot flying into the reserve with some lapwings in the foreground.

Motion blur. A group of knot flying into the reserve with some lapwings in the foreground. This is the colour version taken before the sun was up.

This is the next frame with a slight crop and b&w conversion.

This is the next frame with a slight crop and b&w conversion.

The high tide at this time of the year forces the birds off the mudflats and into the reserve. On this occasion it was not as spectacular as it has been during my previous visits. The light was not so good either, although there were moments when sunlight illuminated the gravel bank where the birds were huddled tightly together. I prefer to photograph here when the sun rises a short time before high tide.

When the high tide and sunrise times correspond it can be quite dark when the birds are coming in, resulting in high ISO and slow shutter speeds.

Oystercatchers and knot packed tight on the far gravel bank while a group of knot take to the air.

Oystercatchers and knot packed tight on the far gravel bank while a group of knot take to the air.

Knot packed tightly together on the far bank. Another b&w conversion with a slight crop.

Knot packed tightly together on the far bank. Another b&w conversion with a slight crop.

The number of knot present looked to be lower than previous years, I have heard they may be across the Wash at Frampton Marsh. I have never been to Frampton Marsh so it may be worth a visit at some point. The oystercatchers and geese were present as always.

Knot heading back out to the exposed mudflats as the tide goes out.

Knot heading back out to the exposed mudflats as the tide goes out.

Heading back out to the mudflats.

Heading back out to the mudflats.

A swirling flock of knot

A swirling flock of knot

 

I am currently working through some of my photos from this visit which I will upload to my website.

My other images can be viewed here http://www.derekwatt.co.uk

copyright. Derek Watt 2012.

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