Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Wednesday 14th July


White-tailed Lapwing

The White-tailed Lapwing was polite enough to linger at Dungeness for another day, and James wanted to see it having missed it a Rainham last week.  With the Purple Herons and Great White Egret all sighted this afternoon I couldn't turn his offer of a lift.  Leaving work I was sad to find a dead Greenfinch at the base of one of the windows on the main lab building of the Research Station.  Waiting for my lift I counted 13 species including Yellowhammers, Linnet, House Martin and Pied Wagtails

Arriving at the ARC pit we quickly connected with the White-tailed Plover, rather distant but constantly active and often giving excellent views in the early evening sun (where were the thunderstorms?) including a couple of short flights.  Up to three Green Sandpipers were also present, one sitting out very close to the ARC screen.  This was turning into a lovely evening!


Moving onto Denge Marsh Road for the Purple Heron we were greeted with that thunderstorm that we were expecting earlier - the car rocked and some poor sod who had been down at the bridge got caught in it (see below). 



After the rain came the sun accompanied by a fantastic rainbow topped by a Purple Heron seen in flight for 30 seconds or so before it dipped down back into the reeds. 


Yellow and Pied Wagtails, Linnets, Reed Buntings, Sand Martins and 1000+ Starlings were also on show, many coming down to visit the newly created puddles on the road. A male Sparrowhawk got everyhting into the air as it made a couple of low passes.  A dramatic, and successful evening.



The same view along Denge Marsh Road as the 'storm' pic above, but about 15 minutes later!

5 comments:

twisden said...

Hi Adam thanks for info
Like the new layout wonder what the style is called-might copy you.
The Marsh! a spooky place ,the Grim Reaper brushed past me twice there lomg ago.Our most tiring walk, along the Dungeness beach from the western lookout tower.I used to service the R/T on the army range vessel that stood out to sea.

Greenie said...

Adam ,
What a cracking series if sightings in the last few days .
Just caught up with your June roundup too . Your yellow fungi in that is in fact a Slime Mould - Fuligo septica , commonly know as Flowers of Tan .
Needless to say , didn't attempt Dene Park today , perhaps tomorrow .

Ken Browne. said...

Hi Adam.
Pleased you had a successful evening. Good to see you managed to get a record shot of the W.T.L.
Great rainbow shot too.

Warren Baker said...

That wasn't Ken in the rain then :-)

Ken Browne. said...

HeHe. Nice one Warren. like it :-)