Tuesday, 2 April 2013

A Morning Birding in the Sun!

I left home this morning at 6am where the east wind was still blowing quite hard but there was a cloudless sky which was welcome news. I was soon driving around the lanes where a Little Owl was noted, 2 Grey Partridge were seen, 2 Marsh Harrier again flew in from the south and 1 Grey Heron took off from the roof of a house. Making my way over to Reculver to park up I noted 2 Pheasant, 1 Snipe and after parking up I walked down to Coldharbour and inland to Chambers Wall before returning back along the seawall. The first rarity seen was the sun which thankfully was present all morning. Birds noted this morning were 2 Black Redstart around the towers but mostly elusive, c100 Brent Geese, 10 Oystercatcher with one allowing a nice flight shot as it passed, 10 Redshank, 4 Meadow Pipit, 12 Grey Plover with a few birds passing quite close allowing more camera action and 5 Turnstone.


Grey Plover

There were 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Rock Pipit, 12 Shelduck, 2 Common Scoter, c120 Golden Plover, c40 Lapwing, 4 Reed Bunting, 1 Chiffchaff, 6 Dunlin with a few posing nicely on the beach, 3 Red throated Diver, 11 Sanderling, 1 Peregrine and 1 Kestrel. A quick walk inland produced 7 Tufted Duck, 2 Shoveler, 6 Teal and c110 Fieldfare. Despite the raw wind, a nice walk in the sun with a few bonus photo opportunities. 


Ringed Plover


  1. Great 'in flight' photos! Are the red throated divers you have seen really far out at sea? I didn't realise we got them around here!!

    1. Generally far out but at the end and beginning of the year you can get them going past Reculver in their hundreds.

  2. Excelentes capturas en vuelo.Saludos

  3. Nice set of wadery photo's marc,
    the light was very nice early on today wasn't it :-)

  4. Paid a quick visit today Marc an I think the same birds were evident.