Wednesday, 11 December 2013
I have been contemplating making a photography website for some time now as it seems a shame to have so many photos unseen and just sitting on memory sticks and CD's so after speaking to Steve Ashton who I must thank for his help and guidance in putting this together, I am pleased to announce that my new website, Marc Heath Wildlife Photography is now up and running and can be viewed by clicking HERE. Its still work in progress and I am making my way slowly through lots of sticks and CD'S but it will slowly grow I hope into a useful photographic library of birds and wildlife I have encountered around Kent and elsewhere. I will continue to post my sightings as usual on my blog and have put a link to my website on the top of the blog. I hope you will find the time to take a look and maybe sign the guestbook and bookmark the site.
Saturday, 7 December 2013
After another busy week at work and little if any time to go birding It was nice to have the morning out birding with Phil Parker at Reculver where we walked down the seawall to Coldharbour and back. Earlier in the darkness I had seen 2 Woodcock flying over the car in the headlights. After parking up and our usual chat about the world we walked up to the towers checking the rocks where 2 Rock Pipits were busily feeding. One on them had a 2 rings, a silver on the left leg and a yellow on the right leg. I tried for a few distant shots in the dull light but I never got anything clear enough to read the number, I would be interested to know if this bird hangs around and if anyone can get the ring number. It was generally a dull morning but with little wind the conditions were not too bad. Birds we noted included 4 Rock Pipit, 4 Meadow Pipit, 3 Curlew, 15 Shelduck, 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Bewick's Swans, 2 adults and 1 juvenile could be seen inland with c20 Mute Swans, c120 Linnet, 1 Dunlin, 10 Redshank, c100 Brent Geese, 3 Little Egret and 2 Pied Wagtail. There were 18 Ringed Plover, 1 Kingfisher, 12 Oystercatcher, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Stonechat, 3 Grey Plover, 10 Reed Bunting, 1 Merlin, 1 Kestrel and c400 Lapwing. We tried on our return to find the ringed Rock Pipit but could only find an unringed bird and with the light slightly better than when we passed earlier, gave us a few photo opportunities of a shot or two. Last call was a walk inland to get better views of the 3 Bewick's Swans which gave Phil another photo opportunity and nearby were c30 Gadwall and 1 Wigeon. Not the greatest selection of birds seen today but with a few weeks to go until it all starts again, hopefully something good will descend upon Reculver, preferably at the weekend when I can get out!
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
I managed to grab 45 minutes after work tonight where I drove over to Stodmarsh and viewed the high ground just south of the reserve. although a bit chilly it was a pleasant sunny end to the day with no wind. It turned out to be a productive session with some good birds noted included 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Green Woodpecker, c50 Greylag Geese were seen in flight flying towards the main lake and as they dropped down, I picked out 2 Pink footed Geese, the third was probably in the flock somewhere but I was late getting on to them. As I scanned the Geese on te main lake I could see 3 Barnacle Geese with them. There were 3 Marsh Harrier, c50 Cormorant, 2 Jay, 1 Great spotted Woodpecker, 1 Linnet, 6 Snipe, 1 Water Rail heard and 2 Hen Harrier were flying over the reedbed including 1 near adult male and 1 ring tail. Also seen were 3 Mute Swan, 14 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Owl, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Grey Heron and a brief drive around to Grove Ferry produced 2 Woodcock flying out of the paddock against an orange sunset sky, a lovely sight to the end the day on.
Saturday, 23 November 2013
With a few good birds seen in the week at Reculver including Slavonian Grebe and a Long tailed Duck, the latter I have yet to see at Reculver, I was out of the house this morning at 6.30am where with a brisk northerly wind I thought I would start with a seawatch in the hope of some seabirds. As I arrived there was a Black Redstart in the road which stood out well in the headlights and I encountered it again a few times around the towers later on. After a cup of hot chocolate I made my way up to the towers where I spent an hour looking for any goodies at sea. It was largely quiet with only 1 Redwing, 1 Peregrine, a few Brent Geese past, 4 Common Scoter and 334 Cormorant on the move. With nothing happening I then walked down to Reculver in a raw cold wind and I was just thankful that I had my thermals on. Again not a lot to trouble the notebook but birds seen where c1700 Lapwing through the area, 8 Oystercatcher, 3 Curlew, 1 Kingfisher, 10 Redshank, 2 Little Egret, 4 Dunlin, 3 Wigeon, 10 Sanderling, 3 Grey Plover and 7 Golden Plover. There were c70 Brent Geese, c60 Skylark, 1 Bearded Tit heard, 2 Shelduck, 2 Stonechat, 6 Reed Bunting, 9 Eider, 1 Grey Wagtail, 13 Ringed Plover and 2 Rock Pipit. Not the hoped for Long tailed Duck or Swans and Geese but a pleasant if not a little cold session, all made better by the hot chocolate in the flask!