Not long after clocking the Baird's Sandpiper, I visited Dungeness a week later for an enjoyable morning's birding. Dungeness has been one of my favourite haunts this year and when a Wryneck was seen in the Desert area near the observatory I couldn't resist giving it a go.
It was beautiful morning, and was able to take a leisurely walk over the shingle to the patch of gorse scrub where the Wryneck had been seen before I arrived.
On the walk there I saw three Whinchat
, always good to see, before scrambling across the shingle towards the gorse where another local birder was peering into the vegetation from a distance with his camera and big lens.
|Whinchat on the gorse near the observatory|
The Wryneck was skulking around deep in the undergrowth, but after about 45 minutes once a group including Martin Casemore had venture elsewhere,another local birder and myself hung around long enough for it to appear again. I spotted the Wryneck
briefly on a branch before it dropped back into the fauna.
|The Wryneck at first appeared fleetingly for one photo|
While we waited an Osprey
that had stuck around the reserve for a few days could be seen in flying around in the distance before it dived down out of view, probably with a fish in its sights.
stayed hidden for another 20 minutes before it eventually came out to feed behind some twigs for a few minutes. Such a fabulous bird, one of my absolute favourites, although clear views were at a premium.
|The Wryneck liked to play hard to get|
Once it decided to fly back deeper into the scrub I opted to head back to the car and drive over to the reserve. Once there I caught up with four Great White Egret
while over at the Denge Marsh hide I had another fleeting view of the Osprey
. Also there were a couple of Ruff
and a Spoonbill
, but I dipped a pair of Cattle Egret.
|Three of the four Great White Egret|
|A Great Crested Grebe gets a close-up view of a Spoonbill coming in to land|
|The Spoonbill at Denge Marsh – and not asleep|
Soon after midday the weather turned, the wind picked up and the rain began to fall, so it was time the head back home. Overall, however, a decent morning
Very decent place dunge, I am gearing up for a session I thinkReplyDelete
You should mate - it has been a good year on the shingleReplyDelete
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