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The Leica BirdBox at Hickling Broad NWT Norfolk

The Leica Birdbox tour moved on to Hickling Broad Norfolk Wildlife Trust Reserve, Norfolk. The huge nature reserve is packed with wildlife and is a real credit to the Trust and the team of staff and volunteers that manage this spectacular habitat.

Hickling dawn view

We arrived early so time for a quick look on the reserve before getting down to work. Marsh Harriers floated over the vast reed beds, Green Sandpipers fed on the muddy scrapes and a Sacred Ibis was a real surprise! This African species was almost certainly and escape, though a feral population is at large in France so perhaps had wandered north?

Hickling set up

The Leica Birdbox was soon in position and ready for the public. Plenty of birds around the visitor center including a Hobby that circled right above us, mobbed by Swallows.

Common Crane 1 Finland 2013

Hickling Broad NWT is famous for the breeding Common Cranes in the area, sadly we did not catch sight of any but we have seen them here many times before and we will be back in October during our "Norfolk House Party" birdwatching week holiday. We did see two Common Cranes just up the road at Horsey always a thrill to see these huge birds at large in the UK countryside.

Hickling Broad Bellied Chaser 1

Hickling Broad Bellied Chaser Female

Hickling Peacock

Lots of amazing wildlife to see at Hickling Broad but no thing really amazed us, the caterpilla of rare the Swallow-tailed Butterfly!

Hickling Swallowtail caterpillar 1

Hickling Swallowtail caterpillar 2

Hickling Swallowtail caterpillar 3

These creatures are just amazing! About the size of a mans thumb they are very impressive beasts indeed. Hickling is a strong hold of the lovely Swallow-tail Butterfly and it seems they are doing well - good news.

Hickling Cley winners 1

It was great that the lovely couple that won the Leica Binoculars at Cley NWT reserve were able to pop over to Hickling and collect their prize in person.

Hickling winners 2

Luckily the winners of the Hickling Broad free prize draw winners were still at the reserve and we were able to present them with their binoculars on the day, smiles all round!

We had a great day at Hickling Broad Norfolk Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve and look forward to our next visit. A huge thank you to all the staff and volunteers for making us so welcome.


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