In the end it all came down to Dungeness, five Great White Egrets, a Spoonbill, and a small supporting cast. Even here there were some missed opportunities, A Pectoral Sandpiper that kept relocating every time I got near it and a Rare Bird Alert that reported Ring Ouzels within fifty metres of where I was standing but which were gone by the time I got there.
It all sounds a bit depressing but actually I had a great time wandering around the sites. I am just trying to convince the wife that I need to do this more often.
So, pictures taken at a rather drab and over cast Dungeness.
|Little Egret with fish|
|Great White Egret|
|Taking to the air - Five to six foot wingspan|
|Two of the five Great White Egrets present|
|Bar-tailed Godwit and Curlew Sandpiper|
and one picture taken at Grove Ferry
|Snipe hiding in amongst the Ducks|
The most exiting spectacle of the day was a feeding frenzy of about thirty Cormorants on a shoal of fish, with an even larger flock of gulls trying to poach fish out of the Cormorants mouths. I must read up on how to use the video mode on the camera.