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spent a pleasant afternoon at Tichwell reserve in Norfolk yesterday. we found this Avocet (The RSPB logo bird ) dipping about in the shallows and spent a while watching and snapping away. he was later joined by a spotted redshank in summer plumage whos pics i will post another time.

anyway, whilst we are on with the RSPB , im in awe at the work they do on the reserves and im totally happy about paying 4 to get in Tichwell in fact id happily pay 5. however im surprised that they have adopted the hard sell, and set on ex door to door vacuum salesmen to man the gate. it took me nearly 20 mins to get past the man on the entrance and in fact the only way we would have been in before sunset was to promise that if i got a picture of a Bittern in flight, We would come back and take a family ticket (but only if he reinbursed the parking) ive dont a bit of negotiating contracts myself Wink

now this ploy nearly went all wrong because a Bittern was in fact seen just after we arrived. I deliberately didnt have a shot at it in case the attendant checked my camera back on the way out Grin

by the way we will have the bagless upright supercharched hoover when you pass Bolsover next

is it me or are these digi-scopers a secret sect. they stand in coveys and clumps in corners pointing in directions where i can see absolutely nothing and chat endlessly about sightings which are totally out of sight to me, can you see for miles through them?? im mystified. its the same near home, every sunday 8 to 10 of them meet and stand on an obscure corner near Carburton lake but with nothing in sight at all and the lake at least 3/4 mile away.

also what is it with togs who spend 5 to 6k on a 500mm prime and then point it at great tits partially obsured by branches in the wildlife reserves. wouldnt you think they would have gotten to the bird on a stick stage before shelling out all that cash. if you are spending all that on a lens, make it count chaps. WinkWink

thanks for looking

Tags: Wildlife and nature Wildlife and nature andtichwelland norfolkand nature reserveand wader

Voters: Kim Walton, beckybookins, Chinga and 16 more

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Kim Walton 13 145 30 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2012 6:25PM
Don`t come much better than this Smile

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8 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2012 6:27PM
thanks Kim
Chinga Plus
5 3 1 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2012 6:39PM
Excellent capture! IB
Trev_B 9 151 68 England
8 Apr 2012 7:14PM
Very nice detail Phil... I love the ramblings in your write upGrin

saeidNL 6 3 Netherlands
8 Apr 2012 7:21PM
Excellent and lovely capture,well taken too,
7 10 10 England
8 Apr 2012 8:29PM
A vdery good shot of this elegant bird.
8 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2012 9:29PM
wow, thanks for the award Stuart
vixalot 5 8 England
10 Apr 2012 5:36PM
Fantastic shot Phil
Sometimes at those places I have been known to point and make comments like 'wow look at that', they all spin around start looking but not asking what I have spoted then on the way out of the hide say something like 'what a pritty sparrow it was' you can hear them grumbling Wink

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