Todays image, number 084, is of a Lapland Bunting. This particular individual was photographed at a well known photography hotspot known as Salthouse, where during the winter months, small numbers of Lapland’s join forces with the more numerous Snow Buntings around the coastal pools here.
Lapland Bunting, Calcarius lapponicus, Salthouse, Norfolk, December, 2007.
Canon 40D with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.
Wow, well after the Snow Bunting from last year on Worcestershire Beacon on the Malvern Hills, who would have thought that I would be pointing my lens at five Lapland Buntings!! Amazing! Five of these lovely chestnut and brown migrants were located on the 20th September at around 10am. Although I’ve photographed this species before on the Scilly Isles and in Norfolk in previous years, to have 5 less than 1/2mile from your doorstep surely has to be the best excuse to go and pay them a visit. This small group seemed to be made up of a family group as there was a well marked adult male, and then some juveniles judging by the pale fringes to the feathers and also their pointed tail feathers.
Although quite tame they spent a lot of time in the long grass feeding on seed heads so they could be quite elusive. After spending three hours up there I managed some reasonable shots, one of which can be seen below. More images can be seen on my website here: http://www.ianbutlerphotography.co.uk/gallery.php?pgid=natural history