With news breaking a few days ago of a Red Breasted Goose at Seasalter, a potential new Kent species for me, I made a visit along the coast to Seasalter tonight to see if I could connect. I have never really had a chance to see this species in Kent in the wild and the ones that have turned up have normally been deemed as escapes. However this bird surely must stand a chance of being wild as it seems to have arrived in with a few thousand Brent Geese. Having parked up at the Sportsman pub I walked west for a good mile and a half where I met Martyn Wilson who was already watching the bird. I was put straight on to the Red breasted Goose but at the time it was quite distant but stood out well in the evening sun. After a chat Martyn left and I spent some time with Phil Smith photographing this new Kent Mega for me. Eventually the Goose started to come nearer and keeping low beneath the seawall I was able to get a few images of this smart Goose. In the end it was feeding c60 yards away and I was able to get pleasing views through the binoculars and appreciate its colourful plumage. The Brents occasionally gave it a hard time but it carried on feeding happily. With a new bird and a few shots I made my way back to the car noting a few Bearded Tit, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 3 Little Egrets and lots of Ringed Plover, Turnstone, Redshank and Golden Plover. Whatever its credentials a smart bird and one I suggest you go and see if you can.
Red Breasted Goose