Thursday, 19 September 2013

A Day at Dungeness - 17th September 2013

For quite a while I have been thinking of starting a blog after the KOS 'Seasalter site' page finished,  a change of computer and Windows 8 prevented me from making further posts.

So............

Nipped down to Seasalter hoping to see something unusual on the roost but even worse, nothing at all. A text from Chiddy alerted me to the re-appearance of the 'real' semi p at Dungeness again as he put it but the only decent bird was the pectoral sandpiper, tweeted earlier. Making my way to Dungeness I rang Steve Ashton who met me there after leaving Stodmarsh.  As we walked up to the Firth Hide a group of 'Dunge' regulars were piling into the hide after leaving the Makepiece Hide.  We arrived just in time to see the pec sand out on the 'green', still rather distant for photos but converters helped.


Pectoral Sandpiper

Stayed in the Firth hide most of the morning photographing the 3-4 ruffs, c.8 black-tailed godwits, 1 bar-tailed godwit plus a greenshank that came in close. From the Makepiece Hide two black-necked grebes kept to the northern end of Burrowes Pit and never came within range for the camera.


Black-tailed Godwits - note the size difference


Greenshank


Ruff

With the weather worsening and rain starting we abandoned the hide and headed back to the centre for refreshments then off home in the pouring rain!



1 comment:

Steve Ashton said...

Nice first post Mike and welcome to blogger land. Some nice Wader images and the Pec came out well.