Saturday, 28 December 2013

Sunshine at Last!

Having not been out for a few days and no doubt a few pounds heavier after lots of food and drink, I was looking forward to a walk at Reculver and hopefully a few birds in the sunshine. I had a brief drive around and again was frustrated not to see or hear any Owls, where are they all? I then moved on to Reculver where after parking up I had a nice walk down to Coldharbour and back in lovely sunshine. Unfortunately there was not a lot of birds to be seen but it was nice just to be out. Birds noted were 1 Marsh Harrier, c300 Dark bellied Brent Geese, 1 Pale bellied Brent Goose, 1 Guillemot, 6 Turnstone, 1 Little Egret, c30 Lapwing, 18 Red throated Diver east, 1 Black throated Diver east, 27 Ringed Plover, 5 Bar tailed Godwit and c300 Cormorant flew in from the Stour Valley.

Bar tailed Godwits

There were 2 Snow Bunting heard and then seen flying high west and were lost to view as they flew over the towers, 4 Great crested Grebe, 4 Shelduck, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Kingfisher, 26 Redshank, 2 Sanderling, c70 Grey Plover, c50 Dunlin, 3 Stonechat and 1 Rock Pipit.


Not long after getting home I received a call from Phil Parker and after a brief discussion and 30 minutes later Phil pulled up on the driveway and we took a drive over to Hampton Pier in the hope of connecting with some Purple Sandpipers in the sun. The tide was dropping on arrival and we soon found 4 Purple Sandpiper feeding near the rocks just off the pier and with the sun shining we took a number of shots and managed a few pleasing images. 

Purple Sandpiper

A few Turnstone were also noted feeding on a few large dead fish. Not a bad day in the end, a few photos taken, a few nice birds seen and a few pounds lost...... I hope! Hopefully out in the morning again, lets hope something good turns up locally, preferably at Reculver.

Purple Sandpiper


  1. Beautiful birds, the Bar tailed Godwits and the Purple Sandpipers are brilliant, well caught Marc.

  2. Well envious of that coastal light Marc. You know how to make the most of it, cracking images :-)

  3. Love the Stonechat Marc....of course!

  4. Wonderful series again Marc!
    I envy your Stonechat... that is one bird I still can't manage to approach!!
    These shore birds are gorgeous, great photos!
    I wonder why the 2 Bar tailed Godwits have different length of beaks!
    Could it a male and a female?
    Anyhow, I wish you a happy New Year and lots of spectacular observations and pic opportunities!