The Norfolk Broads is a system of man-made lakes (“broads”) connected by a series of rivers, streams and canals. Norfolk is a beautiful part of the UK, and is a popular place for tourists (to experience boating holidays), nature lovers and bird watchers amongst others.
If you want to have a go at bird photography the Norfolk Broads is a great place to go, and whilst the birdlife may not seem that exotic (ducks, geese, gulls and coots aren’t as beautiful as the birds of paradise in hotter climates) they do have a certain charm about them and their active lifestyle and mannerisms are good fun to watch and also photograph.
Salhouse Broad is one of the smaller, and hence quieter broads in the Norfolk Broads network and with not much bankside access getting up close and personal to the bird life can be a bit of a challenge. A boat makes life much easier for bird photography, however I didn’t have access to one and had to make do with the small amount of bankside access I had.
Below is a sample of some of the bird photos I managed to capture during a spare hour I had, and whilst I didn’t manage to get photos of many species of bird life I did manage to get a few to give you a taster of what to expect on the Norfolk Broads:-
All of the above photos are available as wall art and on postcards, prints, posters and other different products through the Fine Art America site. Despite its name it is an international site that ships to many countries around the world. The images are also available for digital download for use too.
Essential gear to photograph the "birds of the Norfolk Broads"
Bank side access can be an issue on the Norfolk Broads, and even if you have a boat getting up close and personal to some of the bird life can be tricky. Species like ducks, geese and swans are tame for wild birds (many tourists feed them so they have little fear of humans) but other species such as grebe, king fisher, bittern and heron are extremely shy and nigh on impossible to get close to.
To maximise your chances of getting frame filling shots of birds on the Norfolk Broads having the right gear is essential. Getting a shot of a bird as a small dot in the centre of a huge landscape is easy and you can do this with any (cheap) photography equipment, but getting a photo where the bird fills the frame requires specific gear, and a long reach tele lens in particular.
Below is the equipment I use for photographing birds on the Norfolk Broads.