Dungeness 13/01/2018

Today was our best day at Dungeness so far with a great selection of birds.

From the ARC hide a Kingfisher was sitting on a branch and we watched it fly back and forth.  A Great White Egret was hunting in the reeds at the far side and a Marsh Harrier flew over.

KingfisherKingfisher

On the walk out we had a Sparrow Hawk glide across in front of us and  at the entrance to the reserve the Tree Sparrows were feeding.

At the beach we had lots of different species which we had not seen there before including, close views of Red Throated Diver, Gannet, Razorbill, Little Auk, Guillmot and Great Crested Grebes.

On the Reserve were various ducks including, Gadwall and Shovler.  We managed to also see Smew, Goosander and Goldeneye swimming about.

GadwallGadwall

 At the Denge Hide a Black Throated Diver swam close by and I managed to a get a photo.

Black Necked DiverBlack Throated Diver

Under the metal plates we saw three Voles running about.

VoleVole

We ventured out to the Laid Pitts and found a Slavinian Grebe and had help finding a Long Tailed Duck.

At the end of the day we were back at the ARC Hide and witnessed 38 Bewick Swans swoop in for the evening.  I had an exceptional day and are now on 103 for my year list.

 

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