Sunday, 11 January 2009

Day Out in Kent

This past weekend has been a very cold one. On Friday, we had freezing fog and a wonderful hoar frost on the trees that frustrated the photographers at work-we all wanted to be out there getting images. Unfortunately, by Saturday, much of it had gone and the light was so poor that try as I might, i could not get anything worthwhile.
Today we had planned a trip to Kent.
First stop was West Hythe to see the long staying Night Heron by the Military Canal. Luckily the water was unfrozen and it posed superbly, despite the attentions of a pair of Mink. Just above it a female Kingfisher sat for quite some time.
On the Isle of Sheppy, we spent the rest of the day and did very well for raptors, picking up the usual wintering Rough Legged Buzzard, many Marsh Harrier, several Hen Harriers and both Merlin and Peregrine. Pity we could not find any owls. Large numbers of Geese-Brent and White Fronted, plus a small herd of Bewicks Swans weer good to see, and the Swale held big flocks of Wigeon and Pintail, plus a variety of waders.

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