It has been a bit of a mixed start to the new birding year. There have been some good birds about and the numbers of geese and wildfowl have increased significantly but on the other hand the weather has been awful, particularly for photography, and the number of waders still seems to be low. Today, Wednesday, gave us the first decent weather of the year so we headed off to Dungeness to get a few year ticks.
First stop was Pett Level to see if we could find the Glossy Ibis for Dave. We gave it a good try but it did not seem to be around. Fortunately I had stopped off on the way back from Canterbury a few days ago and managed to see it again, in near zero visibility and driving rain. No pictures but I might be glad of the views by the end of the year.
|Picture of the Pett Level Glossy Ibis taken on the 17th December|
|Great White Egret|
|White-fronted Geese in Flight|
|Showing the prominent black body markings|
|Greylags with a small flock of eighteen White-fronted and three Brent Geese at the back|
And, the visit to Titchfield Haven may have been disappointing in that we did not see the Penduline Tits but we did get some other birds.