Tuesday 24 January 2012

Caspian Gull, 1st winter, Dungeness, Kent, 22/1/2012

Windy, grey broken cloud for most of a mild day.

M.S., Kevin and I arrived at Dungeness around 08.30 hours.
Crossing the causeway a

Great White Egret

was seen at the far side edge of the right hand gravel pit.
We headed straight out to the point by the fishing boats, high tide was about 10.00 hours.

First noted was the huge increase of gulls roosting in the area,

Great Black-backed Gull
Herring Gull
Black-headed Gull

1 Caspian Gull, 1st winter,

no sign of the Glaucous Gull

 Caspian Gull, 1st winter

Caspian Gull, 1st winter

then looking out at sea, lots of activity, many seabirds feeding and passing, non-stop activity !

Kittiwake, 100's
Guillimots, 100's
Cormorant, 100's

A Little Gull, 2nd winter was feeding close in patrolling back and forth along the shoreline

A very high tide

At around 13.00 hours, breakfast in New Romney, (the bikers cafe), this place is good and very cheap !
en route seeing

Marsh Harrier
Red-legged Partridge, 5
Tree Sparrow

Red-legged Partridge

Then a return to the fishing boats for another session trying to take a few photos of sea birds

 Kittiwake, adult winter

  Kittiwake, adult winter

  Kittiwake, juvenile / 1st winter

 Kittiwake, juvenile / 1st winter



 Great Black-backed Gull


The last hour before dusk, we visited the ARC Pits hoping to see a Whooper or Bittern, no luck !
We did see

Goldeneye, Gadwell, Mallard, Wigeon, Shovellor, Teal, Pochard and Tufted Duck
Water Rail, 2
Cetti's Warbler
Mute Swan, c20 flew in at dusk

1 comment:

  1. Great photos how near did you get to the Caspian Gull