The Dark Room

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Spoonbill going left!!

Started off at Dungeness in Kent this morning with Martin Blow, which turned out to be a great days birding. We checked all the desert and moat area and kicked up 2 Redstart,Whinchat,30+ Wheatear,2 Stonechat,Hobby and a Ringed Plover sitting on a nest which was a surpise!! We spent a couple of hours there searching and also done some photography to. I should go there more often as I really like the place. Next we went to Rye habour to see the Kentish Plover which showed quite well with Dunlin and some Ringed Plover and a very smart Curlew Sandpiper. With time on our side we headed to Elmley RSPB for Black winged Stilt and could only see two of the four there. A bit distant but a good year tick anyway. While we were in the hide with about eight other birders I picked out a distant Spoonbill flying over the reserve "surperb" and it seemed to please Mr Gary Bagnell who was sitting next to me on the bench too. Their was loads of other waders to, but we did enjoy watching the Lapwing chicks just off the track on the way out of the reserve. They could be only a couple days old? Very smart....
Ringed Plover
Black winged Stilt (honest)

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