Saturday, 20 January 2018

JANUARY 2018-A WINTERS TALE.

As usual on new years day my plan was to walk from home to the harbour,however the weather put paid to my walk after an hour so I only got as far as Kearsney Abbey before the rain set in and discretion being the better part of valour, as they say, I chickened out and went home.
The following day at Samphire Hoe after a beautiful sunrise the weather deteriorated and the camera stayed in the car.
RED SKY IN THE MORNING JANUARY 2ND 2018
 CORMORANT IN FULL BREEDING PLUMAGE
 GUILLEMOT IN DOVER HARBOUR
 GUILLEMOT
 GUILLEMOT
 STOAT AT CAPEL FLEET ISLE OF SHEPPEY
 A STOAT CROSSING
 STOATALLY DIFFERENT FROM A WEASLE
 MEDITERRANEAN GULL -FOLKESTONE 2E46
 7 WHITE FRONTED GEESE FLYING OVER STODMARSH
 BLACK MARKINGS ON BREAST AND WHITE SHIELD ABOVE BILL
 ARE DIAGNOSTIC.
A dreadfully dull grey day at Dungeness
 LONG EARED OWL AT DUNGENESS
 LEO




 DRAKE SMEW AT DUNGENESS BRIGHTENED A VERY DULL DAY
 SMEW
 SMEW IN FLIGHT
 AND WHAT MADE HIM FLY.


 MARSH HARRIER
 FEMALE MARSH HARRIER
 MARSH HARRIER


 BLACK THROATED DIVER- DENGEMARSH
 BTD
 BTD
 FEMALE BLACKCAP AT HOME
 2 OF 5 GREY PARTRIDGE AT REST HARROW
 FIRECREST IN THE ELMS
The Royal Harbour Ramsgate is getting some good birds this winter.
 1ST WINTER ICELAND GULL AT RAMSGATE HARBOUR- Smaller than the HERRING GULLS.
 A WHITE WINGER





 SNOW BUNTING AT RAMSGATE HARBOUR.


WEST PIER LIGHTHOUSE,Built in 1842 designed by John Smeaton  who also designed the Eddystone Lighthouse.
 BLACK REDSTART AT SAMPHIRE HOE
 BLACK REDSTART
 PURPLE SANDPIPER- HYTHE
 PURPLE SANDPIPER
 PURPLE SANDPIPER-Only a singleton this winter?
 HAWFINCHES AT GODMERSHAM CHURCH












HAWFINCH
GODMERSHAM CHURCH.


Friday, 29 December 2017

DECEMBER ROUND UP

Since returning from Sri Lanka I haven`t been in hibernation but the 4500 photos took some sorting out as you can imagine.Here is a brief synopsis of my trips out around East Kent since my return.
 BLACK THROATED DIVER - RAMSGATE HARBOUR.
 BTD




 BTD
 SHORT EARED OWL - REST HARROW DUNES
SEO
 SAMPHIRE HOE SUNRISE
 TEAL- STODMARSH
GADWALL STODMARSH
 HAWFINCH DENGE WOODS
 HAWFINCH
HAWFINCH
 KNOT - SOUTH SWALE
 CURLEW
 CURLEW
 BRENT GOOSE
 OYSTERCATCHER
 OYSTERCATCHER
 BAR TAILED GODWIT
 BAR TG
 BRENT Dark Bellied
 BRENT Pale Bellied
 OYKS IN FLIGHT
 OYKS
 CURLEW
 CURLEW
 WIGEON
 WIGEON
 WIGEON
 WIGEON
 GREY PLOVER
 GREY PLOVER
GREY PLOVER
 ROCK PIPIT- SAMPHIRE HOE
 WREN - SAMPHIRE HOE


 GUILLEMOT- DOVER HARBOUR
 CORMORANT - DOVER HARBOUR
 ROCK PIPIT WELLINGTON DOCK
 SHAG- DOVER
 SHAG
 SHAG
 GREY WAGTAIL RIVER DOUR DOVER
 GREY WAG
 GREY WAG
 LITTLE EGRET RIVER DOUR
LITTLE EGRET
 BLUE TIT doing penduline impression. OARE
 BLUE TIT


 MARSH HARRIERS DISPLAYING
 OR DISPUTING THE PREY

 MARSH HARRIER OARE WITH PREY
 KINGFISHER OARE
 KF
 KF
 KF
 KF
 KF
 BLACK TAIL GODWIT- OARE
 BTGs
 BTG
 BTG
 BTG
 BTG
SUN DOG - OARE
 REDWING- KEARSNEY
 DARTFORD WARBLER REST HARROW DUNES











 GREEN WINGED TEAL - OARE









 CATHEDRSALS EXPRESS STEAMING THROUGH SAMPHIRE HOE.



BLACK 5  45212 IN BLACK AND WHITE


 PEREGRINE FALCON - DUNGENESS


 DRAKE POCHARD - DUNGE

 HARVEST MOUSE - ARC PIT HANSON HIDE
 HM
 HM
 CASPIAN GULL 1ST WINTER.
 HAS A VERY DISTINCTIVE CALL
 CASPIAN GULL
 CG
 NEW LIGHT AT DUNGENESS
 A FIERY SUNSET TO END THE DAY






MOON OVER THE CHANNEL


That will be all for 2017,Happy New Year to you all ,see you in 2018.