Gradually awakening from my summer slumber and getting out a bit more although grand children are on holiday now, which I do enjoy (to a point) so time is still difficult. However, a few highlights from my brief excursions included a wheatear on the evening of the 30th of July followed by a brent goose the next morning at Seasalter.
On the 1st August it was outing to the African Experience at Port Lympne zoo where its nothing like Africa one little bit. The animals are out of range for the camera and they drive around without stopping in an old lorry, I spent over £100 on the day, never again. However, the gorrillas were good when they let them out into the paddock area.
'What hairy arms you have got grandad'
'Just one more'
On the 3rd I went to Oare finding the Bonaparte's Gull, rather white-headed now plus the curlew sandpiper, gone are the days when we used to see over one hundred! On the way home a coupleof Sandwich terns were off Seasalter.
I thought I would try and stay at SS for longer than half an hour, lol. Out on the mudflats I counted 202 black-tailed godwits, 3 grey plovers, 1 brent just off the outfall, 24 egrets, 1 bar-tailed godwit and an odd sighting of 2 snipe sitting out on the mudflats their legs gradually getting covered by the incoming tide before they eventually flew off.
The plots were very quiet just a stonechat, blackbird and a couple of whitethroats but I soon got interested in the butterflies, lots of common blues, gatekeepers, large skippers and a couple of small coppers all in one small area.
I only had my little Panasonic camera and standard 24-70 zoom so I had to crop in an awful lot.
A Stable Fly I think
The first time I have noticed the large flats on the antennae on common blues which also appear to have a series of lines/ridges on the flat.