Tuesday, 6 February 2018

MORE WINTER RAMBLINGS AND SOME DODGY PICS

A walk along the Admiralty pier at Dover Harbour last week.
 SHAG FLYING BY
 YOUNG KITTIWAKE-there were lots of adults too but this juvenile was eye catching.
 RAZORBILLS-there were a couple in the western entrance then a few more flew in.
 RAZORBILL




 COMMON SEAL-not uncommon in the harbour this one came across looking for a free meal.


 GANNETS PURSUED BY A RAZORBILL
 DOVER LIFEBOAT RETURNING TO BASE

 MEDITERRANEAN GULL PASSING

THE SEAL MADE A SECOND PASS


 CURLEW FLYING BY

 MED GULL IN THE HARBOUR




 MED GULL
SIGNS OF SPRING EARLY PURPLE ORCHID POKING THROUGH OLD PARK HILL.
 1000S OF CORMORANTS HAVE BEEN COMMUTING BACK AND FORTH THIS WINTER AROUND THE KENT COAST.
 PINTAIL- OARE


KINGFISHER- OARE
 KINGFISHER DUNGENESS
 GOLDENEYE
 MAKEPEACE HIDE

 GOLDENEYE
 I`VE GOT AN ITCH
 THAT JUST HAS TO BE SCRATCHED
 OOH NEARLY GOT IT
 AH THATS BETTER
 RAVENS ARE BACK PROSPECTING THE NEST SITE AT SAMPHIRE HOE


 AS ARE THE FULMARS

 MAGPIE

 NUTHATCH HIGH UP IN BLEAN WOODS.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

WAXWING WINTER- NOT QUITE.

A lone Waxwing was reported from North Foreland last week so I thought it would be rude not to pay my respects to this beautiful winter visitor from Northern Europe.In some years when food supplies are short elsewhere hundreds of them may descend on us to strip the berries from our trees and hedgerows,however they have been few and far between this year.This first winter bird is unusually alone though I have seen singles before but not very often.They`re preferred food is Rowan berries but this one fed voraciously on Privet berries for a few minutes then would fly to a nearby perch to digest them then return and repeat ...








 WAXWING? The red feathers were thought to look like ceiling wax hence the name.I am not sure if the small red spikes on the coverts have any specific purpose?