Yesterday we made the most of the last of the autumnal sunshine and went for a walk around Hickling Broad in Norfolk. The Wildlife Trust promises hen harrier, kingfisher, cetti’s warbler, and otters, but in reality we walked around and saw absolutely nothing for ages. Each hide we went in opened onto a small area of water that was totally unpopulated by bird life.
And then as we walked back towards the under-maintenance visitor centre we heard a “ping…ping” amongst the reedbeds, so we hung around. Suddenly, a party of bearded tits emerged. Bearded tits! I’d never seen any before. I was too slow off the mark to get my camera out of my boyfriend’s rucksack (our sightings had been so poor that I hadn’t even retrieved my camera yet). But we enjoyed watching them without technology as they were only a few feet away and it felt like such a privilege.
It’s always worth venturing out into nature – even in winter, even on a day when you’re disappointed by the lack of wildlife, something magical can suddenly happen.