Thursday, 24 April 2008

Thursday 24th April

A quick lunchtime dash down to Bradbourne Lake on the East Malling Research Station site, revealed the drake Mandarin Duck was still present. It posed long enough for a couple of photos, before taking to the water and drifting out of sight around the other side of the lake's island.
The thunder and lighting that dominated the skies this afternoon cleared by early evening so I took the oppurtunity to do a few jobs in my garden in East Barming, and it was from here that I heard my first Cuckoo of the year, calling from River Medway valley.


Steve said...

What a great picture of Mandarin! Thanks again for the tip off about the Wheatear....a great year tick for me...still to catch up with the Hobby though....a friend of mine is getting married at Bradbourne House in October...must remember my bins!!!

Simon said...

Great Manadarin photo. Well done with the Cuckoo, I'm still yet to see or hear one yet!

lee said...

nice picture of the mandarin theres one on my patch not a million miles from you between 5oak green and golden green backing on too the hop farm theres a row of gravel pits running the medway its a awsome place i watching a pair of hobbies there on wensday and abarn owl allways shows there

Adam said...

Hi Lee

I saw your message and checked it out on Sunday night - got pair of Mandarin wandering around on the grassy area next to the Hop Fram (deserted Tank in field), also 5x Nightingale, Cetti's Warbler, Cuckoo, Turtle Dove and Lesser and Common Whitethroat - not a bad spot. Could you email me at