Saturday, 19 November 2011

Dungeness 19th

I decided for a morning off patch, as I only had the morning Dungeness was high on the list given it's only just over half an hour away. I started at ARC, TREE SPARROWS were heard as soon as I got out of the car. I  walked to the railway line, there were several CHIFFCHAFF and GOLDCREST on the way but I didn't find much else a few CETTI'S WARBLER were heard.
Tree Sparrow

Walking back a LITTLE EGRET flew over. Usually I drive from one area to another today I walked from ARC to Hookers Pit, it was very enjoyable. Several MARSH HARRIERS drifted to and fro', a SNIPE was huddled down in a clump of grass and at least 3 STONECHAT were seen on the way to Hookers.

Marsh Harrier

Stonechat

From the ramp BEARDED TITS were seen well and were making plenty of noise, 1 CORN BUNTING showed well as I walked back towards the ARC.
Bearded Tit

Corn Bunting

With a little over 40 minutes left I drove to the point to have a quick sea watch from the fishing boats, KITTIWAKES were flying west, a RED THROATED DIVER was on the sea and a couple of GANNETS were a little way off shore. A couple of TURNSTONES came quite close and a MED. GULL flew by. There were no 'stars' this morning but it was extremely enjoyable.
Turnstone


Mediterranean Gull

11 comments:

Steve Ashton said...

Nice photos Alan, I like the Med Gull and its always nice to see Tree Sparrows now.

Mike Attwood said...

Nice set of pics. Alan.

Greenie said...

Allan ,
As others have already said , really great set of shots .
The first Marsh Harrier is my favourite , but a hard decision .

Ramón Suárez said...

Preciosas todas las fotos, no se cual me gusta más. Saludos!!

Warren Baker said...

Loved the Med Gull Alan. The capture of the Corn Bunting is a classic :-)

alan woodcock said...

Hi,nice set of photos Alan.

Alan Pavey said...

Hi Steve, Thanks, it was nice to see the Tree Sparrows, would be great if they came back here to winter one day!

Hi Mike, Thanks, it was a lovely morning.

Hi Greenie, thanks, it was nice not to be looking for anything in particular.

Hi Ramon, thank you, I haven't got a favourite either :-)

Hi Warren, thanks, I'll keep practicising, the light was good today :-)

Hi Alan, Thanks, I did get a bit carried away with the camera today!!

elcamperoinquieto.com said...

Very nice shots , especially those of the flying birds(harrier,seagull), well done!
Saludos.

Christian said...

A quality set of pics Alan! Brilliant shot of the Marsh Harrier.

Alan Pavey said...

Hi El Campero Inquieto, thank you, the light really helped a lot :-)

Hi Christian, Thank you, I took loads of Harrier pics as you can imagine and they kept appearing where I was standing 5 minutes earlier!!

Bengts fotoblogg said...

Lovely birds, like the Bearded Tit.