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Monday, 29 May 2017

Monday 29th May 2017

Missing the old place, so I thought id go back into hospital again for a few days - such is life!
I have managed to get down to Dungeness a few times, where waders have been showing and the hobbys are abundant. My personal count of 11 has now been beaten and stands at 13 looking out from the viewing centre across Burrowes.
The Great White Egrets are starting to return with 2 seen on Friday 26th. These are still in summer colours so have black bills, I'm guessing they may have been unable to mate so have come home early, although I may be completely wrong on this.
I have also been out photographing bees for an upcoming id book more info to come on this subject.
I wont be posting any bee pics until I have further information on the book, so here are a few recent shots, including one of a marsh harrier flying past a cuckoo which I didn't notice until I got home.

Marsh Harrier being watched by Cuckoo
Mallard with attitude

 Mallard slightly annoyed

 Hobby winging it
 Coot missing mum
 Come on kids, swimming lessons
 I said swimming not diving lessons, come back you two.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Saturday 22nd April 2017

While down at Dungeness yesterday (Friday) I got a call with reference to an unusual chat. First sightings and views of photos suggest at first sight for it to be a whinchat, but there were some anomalies, the white supercillium was stronger on the left side than the right, but still much brighter than a stonechat. This was left open to debate while better minds than me went for another view. Also around on the day were greenshank, grey plover, ringed plover, redshank, garganey and dunlin all from Makepeace hide. There was also a Common Sandpiper from the VC and also 2 Ravens flew over, and my first Common Tern of the year.
Today (Saturday) I rushed down to Dungeness again, this time to hopefully pick up the reported Lesser Yellowlegs. I was able to see it from the VC but the best views were from Dennis's hide. I did manage a couple of record shots, but the distance didn't really help. While there I got some better pictures of the chat, and after scrutinising it on my PC and with help from the BTO id video, I have come to the conclusion it is in fact a stonechat as the supercillium is too short and the rufous breast coulour does not extend into the throat. Another year tick for me was a Sanderling from Makepeace.
I wont be back out again until next Friday, and hopefully there will be noteworthy sightings.

 Record shot of Lesser Yellowlegs
Whinchat looking female Stonechat

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Saturday 15th April 2017

Didn't think it would last long........I had to go back to hospital on the 1st April for 10 days (no fools) Meningitis and food poisoning would you believe, anyway I'm fine now but obviously unable to get and about until yesterday.
Down to RSPB Dungeness reserve back in my voluntary role. The Ring Neck Duck was on Cookes pool with his adopted Tuftys, LEO was in his usual area in the willows behind the dipping pool, 2 drake Garganey flew by the VC and 4 Whimbrel were around. The reserve is now getting louder with increased bird song especially from very vocal Cettis Warblers and the Sedge Warblers have definitely arrived. A few swallows were noted and there have been sporadic reports of a booming bittern. Butterflies are starting to show well largest quantities were peacocks sunning on the tracks.
Just got a couple of shots to post, I am still trying to get the hang of my new camera, not quite there yet but getting better......I hope.

 Female Linnet

Friday, 31 March 2017

Thursday 30th March 2017

A trip down to Oare Marshes, first one for about 150 years......well it feels that long! Roughly 400 Black Tail Godwits, 5 Redshanks, 22 Avocet, Skylark, 2 Snipe flying over, Marsh Harrier over Mocketts, Knot, Meadow Pipit and Little Gull  are main birds of note over and above usual suspects.

 Little Gull
 Pintail Pair


Wednesday, 29 March 2017

29th March 2017

Here we are again 18 months since my last post. Last year was not a particularly good one for me and I wasn't really in the proper state of mind to worry about my blog. I am trying to get my head in order to get going again and although I cant promise it, I will do my best to get back in the swing of it once more.
I have once again been declared medically fit to drive and so I have my driving licence back....wahey! This means I am of course mobile again, which also means I can return to volunteering  down at RSPB Dungeness as before on Tuesdays and Fridays (health permitting).
I've not done a lot of photography over the last year, but here a few offerings:





Long Eared Owl

Long Eared Owl
Ring Neck Duck

Saturday, 10 October 2015

9th October

Was meant to be going down to Dungeness today, but my car wouldn't start. It has been resting for three weeks and then decided that its battery was too tired to work properly! Well lets wait until it needs filling up with diesel and I decide that I:m too tired to go to the garage......yeah that will teach it!!
Its a nice day so I decided to go to Port Lympne instead. I had a nice day with some good views of the animal collection as well as some native species inc, buzzards, woodpeckers, kestrels and jays to name a few.
Below are a few of some of the better photos.

Monday, 14 September 2015

September 14th

I have not been able to get in much birding lately and what little I have managed I have no new photos to share, so here are some pics of a different subject matter, Folkestone Airshow, Hurrican, B25 Mitchell, Spitfire and Typhoon.......well at least they are pictures of something flying!