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Leica BirdBox hits the road

We headed over to Norfolk to meet up with the Leica BirdBox. We would be visiting some of our favourite reserves in East Anglia with the exciting new BirdBox to talk birds, birdwatching and optics. On our way over, we called in at Horsey to catch up with the Roller that had been seen there.

Birdbox Roller Horsey

Beautiful bird but a bit too far for our camera!

Roller Penny Clarke

Much better shot by local birder Penny Clarke!

At dawn the next morning we visited RSPB Titchwell for some early birding.

Birdbox Sunrise Titchwell

Dramatic sunrise at the reserve

Birdbox Avocet Titchwell

As the sun came up, we enjoyed great views of the birds, including these close Avocets

Birdbox Spoonbill Titchwell

Spoonbills scythed the water

Birdbox Little Gull Titchwell

Close-up Little Gull

Time for work and we headed over to Cley Marshes Norfolk Wildlife Trust Reserve where the Leica BirdBox would be set up for its inaugural outing. It was the first time we had seen the BirdBox in its full glory, and we were amazed as Rob and Paul put up this impressive piece of kit.

Birdbox Cley 1

Birdbox Cley 2

Birdbox Cley 3

Birdbox Cley 4

Birdbox Cley 6

Birdbox Cley 7

Birdbox Cley 8

Birdbox Cley 5

We spent the whole day at Cley chatting to people about birds and optics and demonstrating the new Leica BirdBox - what a great way to spend a day! We were running a free prize draw and at the end of the day three lucky people won a pair of Leica binoculars and two exclusive Leica polo shirts!

Our thanks go to Jonathan and his team of staff and volunteers at Cley Marshes NWT for making us so welcome.

Of course we couldn't leave at the end of the day without a quick walk out on the reserve.

Birdbox Black tailed Godwit Cley

Black-tailed Godwit on Pat's Pool

Birdbox Coot Cley

Feeding time for Coots!

Birdbox Spotted Redshank Cley

Spotted Redshank looks intently for food

We rounded off our day at Thornham Harbour, one of our favourite birding spots, where we enjoyed watching masses of waders, wildfowl and gulls on the incoming tide.

Birdbox Thornham Harbour

Thornham Harbour in the sunshine

What a great success for the Leica BirdBox and its inaugural outing! The next day we would be off to Sculthorpe Moor Reserve for Day Two of the Leica BirdBox East Angian tour, and we couldn't wait to get going!


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