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After a really picturesque autumn, where the colourful foliage persisted, as a result of few windy days and generally mild weather, which lasted all the way up until Christmas through to New Year, I took the camera out with me, when some twitcher friends came to visit at the years end.

Our day started along from Snape Maltings on the south bank of the river Alde at Iken Cliffs. The estuaries are always good value during the winter months (best to leave the inland bridleways and woodlands for the summer time). We were not to be disappointed! Amongst the various species of birds on the mud flats and small islands, there was a good showing of Avocets as well as a Marsh Harrier putting in an appearance, as it circled over the reed beds and estuary.

To finish off the morning ….picnic…. with home made soup, quiche and sausage rolls, followed by mince pies…. yum.

 Alde estuary at SnapeReedbedsOrford sunset






We set off for Orford down the narrow coastal road. Just past Sudbourne there is a track, leading on to the expanse of grassland marshes, going out to the sea. In the distance the Orford radio masts and lighthouse can be seen. Feeding on the marshes were flocks of geese and godwits.

As the light was starting to fade it was time to round off the day with a quick trip to Orford Quay, where the sun was setting. Finally called in on the Orford basket shop and then headed home. All in all a great day out.


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