Thursday, 29 October 2009

Adam & Ben "Bird Trip" Part 2! - Kent!

In the 2nd of a "2 Dayer" this week myself and Adam visited the RSPB Reserves of Dungeness and Elmley Marshes, a 5am departure was clearly needed and upon arrival at 7am at the Dungeness bird observatory the sun was out and so was a large number of pied wagtails who loved me and my camera!

This guy is doing a great flamingo impression getting 1 leg up!




We moved onto the Dungeness RSPB Reserve and were greeted by a perched Marsh Harrier who did the decent thing and flew straight towards us giving me my best ever views of what is quickly becoming one of my favourite birds of prey!










Great White Egret...these guys are becoming popular! Here is this fella telling off lapwaings and gulls!

Ahhh....a swan and his reflection, bit cliched eh!

This little smooth newt almost got trod on my Adam!

2 Stonechats decided to be the most well behaved birds of the day letting us get extremely close, this is the best of my 30 or so pics!

A group of Tufted Ducks

Nice little Wren

Dunnock

My attempt at an arty Reedbed shot....it was an absolutely corking morning with loads of sun and 20 degrees

Snipe


Little Grebe

Kestrel

Loving these guys....Curlews!

A house Sparrow taking some shelter, the afternoon at Elmley was slightly wet and dreary

Reed Bunting

We decided to leave Elmley Marshes around 3.30pm, the weather wasn't improving and unfortunately we hadn't seen a Hen Harrier, Short Eared Owl or Merlin (all birds that have been seen on and off at the reserve) Bit gutting as i've never seen any of them and really want to! Anyways, it was winding down and we were maybe hoping of seeing something cool on the way out of the reserve....and then we saw a weasel! Never seen one, so glad i did! It kept bouncing up and down, flipping over, diving down holes and poking it's head up so look at us....but it didn't seem to care we were there! Brilliant! With not much light and all the moving about it wasn't easy to photograph but here are some decent one's...





Oh and we finished by seeing 3 Barn Owls, the ultimate of crap photos here but if you squint you can just see the chap nuzzled inbetween the tree and nest box...it flew out never to be seen (by me and adam) again!

1 comment:

  1. That looks like a really good day out to me. Lovely photographs.

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