A trip out to Dungeness last Sunday (19th) in the company of Sue Morton, Martyn Wilson and Alan Ashdown resulted in very little being seen but we did get Sue a year tick with the Cattle Egret that is currently feeding around the entrance to the RSPB reserve in amongst the cattle. We visited all of the known "hotspots" around the area but nothing really out of the ordinary. A chat on the beach with Mick, Richard and Martin Casemore was the highlight of the afternoon with a few gull images the only results of a pretty quiet day out.
Herring Gull (2nd winter)
Yellow-legged Gull (Adult)
On Monday (20th) I met up with Mike Gould for a stroll down the sea wall at Seasalter. There were 3 very showy Wheatears, two along the wall and one back by the wader roost about a mile east where we stopped off first. Two clouded Yellows were seen and an impressive number of Brent's have now arrived with a lot of juvenile birds in the flock. Along the sea wall west of the Sportsman pub, there were several Geese dabbling along the tides edge and close to our vantage point behind the wall.
Mike spotted a Grey Plover on one of the groynes as we were walking back to the cars and although a long way out a heavy crop and the 1.4x converter gave a usable record shot.