Saturday, 19 May 2012


Dungeness Point this morning was very quiet. A plod around the trapping area in a vain hope of finding yesterdays Woodlark was fruitless. The highlight being a Common Buzzard drifting high west.
At the south end of the ARC Pit a summer plumaged Turnstone and a Little-ringed Plover.
At Dengemarsh 3+ Marsh Harriers and 6+ Hobby's. In front the hide the C15 pairs Common Terns are making them selves at home on the rafts. As I left the hide DW called to tell me a Bee-eater was on the wires viewable from the approach road to the lighthouse. I was at least 10 minutes from my car, with another 7 or 8 minutes drive to get there achieved in less than half that (the causeway is a blur at 100 MPH). Fortunately the bird stayed long enough for me to get there  and get record pictures of it  before it flew of North. As we watched it flying away we could hear it calling when it was the best part of a mile away. Had we not been following the bird with our binoculars we would have never located it from the call believing it to be much closer. A slow day with a brilliant ending, which shows if you put in the time the rewards will come.    

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