Sunday, 4 October 2009

A day at Dunge

Way back in 1977 when I first picked up a pair of bins and established which way to look through them I would never have thought that 32 years later I'd still be birding, through different bins though, at birds that quite simply we used to dream of in Kent let alone all seen the same morning!!
Little Egret, Hobby, Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Great White Egret, Garganey, Red-backed Shrike and Raven in 3 hours birding! Of those Red backed Shrike would have been easier in pre egging times in Kent but the others esp the Egrets were as rare as hens teeth!
A walk out to Hookers from the RSPB reserve car park soon found us watching the long staying Red-backed Shrike, whilst nearby the GWE put on a good show and a Raven kindly flew overhead.
The GWE just waiting to be cut into a thousand pieces by Kent's' latest marshland scenic !
A Mallard posed nicely for the camera whilst Goliath tip toed into view
The RBS posing nicely for the crowds, a superb bird and evidently a master at catching food
A Raven and plane illustrating just how big these corvids are. A welcome return to Kent for this species after 100 years absence, hopefully they will become a more familiar sight in Kent now and the future.

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