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A flock of pink-footed Geese over Cley, photo by SFB @NTHNorfolk

A flock of pink-footed Geese over Cley, photo by SFB @NTHNorfolk - Credit: Archant

Pink-footed geese fly over Cley in this stunning photograph... in a shape which looks much like Concorde.

While the formation may look unfamiliar, the geese often fly in random patterns, forming 'calligraphy in the sky'.

The geese arrive in Norfolk in September after flying down from Iceland to spend the winter by the coast.

They spend their mornings flying inland to feast on sugar beet and carrots in the fields, then head to roost sites on the sand banks after sunset.

David North, from Norfolk Wildlife Trust, said: 'A third of the pink-footed geese population are on the north Norfolk coast.

'It is a very popular place for the birds because they like to graze on the coast, particularly for the grass.

'North Norfolk is good because we have some of the best saltmarshes – they are well protected and are wonderful nature reserves to feed in peace.'

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Popular places to see the birds flying in formation are Holkham, Snettisham, Cley or Blakeney.

Mr North added: 'You will be able to hear them before you see them. There are families which fly in formation and as there are thousands of birds, they often gabble away to keep the family together.

'It's one of the greatest wildlife spectacles in Europe.'