Tuesday, 19 March 2013

A Sunny Afternoon at Reculver

With the thought of migrants arriving at Reculver I had a 15 minute look before work around the car park area and checked all the rocks in case any migrants were lurking. Unfortunately still no Black Redstart but I did see 2 Scandinavian Rock Pipit. After work the sun was shining, the sky was blue and there was little wind so I decided to pop over to Reculver to see If I could get a few more shots of the Barn owl which often comes out at a reasonable time. On arrival a scan revealed no Owl but 2 Canada Geese were showing in the sun so this give me the excuse to get a little nearer to get some shots. I was able to get into a good position and rattle off a number of shots as they happily stood watching me.

Canada Geese

Leaving them in peace I walked a flooded field noting 3 Snipe while overhead 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard and 1 Kestrel passed over. There were 2 Skylark in song and another scan for the Owl proved good as I could see it patrolling the fields. I made my way nearer but it never come close enough for a good shot, normally a dyke was always in the way but it perched briefly allowing me to grab a shot. It passed by one more time before moving off to hunt in the distance. Always a good day when you see a Barn Owl hunting in bright sunshine. 

Barn Owl

Other birds noted were 1 Great crested Grebe, 7 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Meadow Pipit, c40 Mute Swan, 4 Shelduck, 2 Gadwall, 1 drake Pintail flew over the oyster farm, 1 Green Woodpecker, 10 Mallard and 1 Stonechat ended a pleasant afternoon session. 


  1. Love the Canada Geese, beautiful photos, and the Barn Owl, what can I say, tremendous Marc.

  2. ''Pleasant afternoon'' !! It rained here for most of the day ! Sniff,.... Sniff, Cough....

  3. Lovely shots of the geese, nice and close and sharp!
    But how lucky you were to see and "shoot" this Barn owl!