On a recent trip to our local RSPB reserve at Titchwell, as well as some of the waders that overwinter in the area. We came across a solitary Curlew very close to the public footpath.

Curlew near the beach path at Titchwell


Curlew near the beach path at Titchwell

During the winter you often see them at the reserve, but usually too far away to get good photos. However, this one began to feed along the edge of the freshwater marsh. Having only ever seen them feeding at a distance it was fascinating to see exactly how far they push their beaks into the mud to find the worms.

Curlew spotted a feeding site


Curlew spotted a feeding site

Probing into the mud


Probing into the mud

Curlew with bill fully immersed into the mud


Bill now fully immersed into the mud

Some other winter visitors.

This time of the year the reserves along the Norfolk coasts are great places to visit, as the numbers of overwintering birds begin to grow. So as well as the curlew we managed to get reasonable images of a number of other birds including the elegant looking Spotted Redshank and a number of Bar-tailed Godwits.

Spotted Redshank


Spotted Redshank

Spotted Redshank wading


Spotted Redshank wading

Spotted Redshank preening


Spotted Redshank preening

Bar tailed Godwit


Bar tailed Godwit