Tuesday, 21 February 2012


07.45-10.00 at Dungeness Point with PT and DW:
Many Auks, Great Crested Grebes, Cormorants and Kittiwakes toing and froing.
Red Throated Diver: 269E  129W
Gannet: 451W
Brent Geese: 3E
Shelduck: 1E
Mediterranean Gull: 3E
In the Gull roost, the Great black Backed Gull that is unable to stand with its wings folded but can fly very well.
On New Diggings 26 Smew(3Drakes), 4 Goldeneye and the Great White Egret.

On the ARC from Hanson Hide, MH told me that a Bittern was in the small reed bed to the left of the hide. In a short time it duly posed for me. Also 1 red head Smew, 12 Goldeneye some displaying, 1 Black Tailed Godwit, 16 Golden Plover, 1+Cetti's Warbler and a Chiffchaff in the willows. 
A plod around the Tower Pits found another Bittern, 2 Cetti's Warblers and 2 Ravens by the Water Tower.
At the screen hide the Great White Egret and a little Egret and another Bittern flew in.

Back at Hanson Hide the Bittern came out and climbed the reeds before moving to the other side of the pit. Another Bittern was in the reeds to the right of the hide and a red head Smew swam close to the hide.

Driving back across Walland  51 Bewick Swans with 6 juveniles. The end to another very good day.


  1. What a great day you had Martin the bittern shots are out of this world. I thought I had a good one at Sevenoaks with 7 Goosander,1 Egyptian Goose and a distant Bittern.Clearly not in your league with 3 or was it 4!

  2. Love the Bittern images Martin, excellent, again !

  3. Very nice photos of bittern.
    I really like your blog and I still often.