With the Autumn weather patterns now well established, this mornings cloudy skies didn’t look very promising for photography. In north Norfolk however travel towards the coast and you often find the weather improves. So with an incoming tide I decided to take a look for along the Shoreline at the Titchwell  in the hope of capturing some images of waders.

Waders


Gannet washed up on the shoreline

Down on the Beach

Initially apart from a dead bird attracting the attention of a few scavengers the shore seemed very bare. However with the lighting conditions improving I decided to walk towards the piles of razor shells that are deposited along this part of the coast. Once down on the tide line in amongst the shells and surf there were, dozen of waders. Including Sanderlings feeding,  groups of Turnstones and numerous common shore crabs all scrabbling around looking for food.

Sanderlings resting on Titchwell Beach


Sanderlings resting on Titchwell Beach

I’ve been told that Sanderlings are notorious difficult to photograph, as they are constantly on the move. Whether it was the dull conditions, state of the tide or they were just exhausted. Many of the groups were relatively easy to get close too and also fairly inactive providing some good opportunities to grab some images.

Sanderling


Sanderling

Turnstone


Turnstone

Sanderling


Sanderling

Whilst edging towards the waterline I noticed that a large number of the Sanderlings were standing on one leg or hoping around. Apart from when they were wave-chasing in the surf line, posing the question why?  

Common Shore Crab


Common Shore Crab