Friday, 5 September 2008

Dungeness - in the gloom.....

I'd moved on for my Friday eve talk to Kent.... The forecast was the same as for the last two visits to Dungeness - heavy rain. Except, this rain seemed heavier than was possible and it was an obligatory soaking to get to any of the hides from the car.

The key bird target was the juv White-winged Black Tern, seen for the past few days and I settled down in Makepeace hide to find it. It took a while, mainly as it was feeding right over the far side in front of the power station!! There were plenty of other Terns on view too: Common, Arctic, Sandwich, several Blacks and with white rump shining through the gloom - the White-winger!

It was at least 600m distant and in torrential rain, expectations for a picture were virtually zero but at least this is a sort of record shot!!






Another soaking and visit to the ARC hide was rewarded with a good tally of waders (Little stint, Common and Wood Sand, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Ruff and Greenshank).

Don't expect too much quality given the dire conditions!!

Little Stint:






Two Common Cranes:








Getting closer with a Greenshank!








Plus pretty good views of a Water Rail - been several months since I've seen one!










In a bit of a flap and you can see how slow a shutter speed I was using!!

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