Thursday, 24 July 2014

Birds & Dragon's at Oare Marshes

Adult Bonaparte's Gull.

Taking advantage of the glorious sunshine i decided to pop over to Oare Marshes this morning in the hope of trying to get some better pics of the adult Bonaparte's Gull but alas it was still roughly the same distance away on the East Flood , great views through the scope but just to far for a decent photo , the Bonapartes is beginning to  show signs of moulting on the forehead with quite a noticeable white patch forming.

Moulting Bonaparte's Gull.

There was the usual numbers of waders on the East flood including 2 Golden Plover , 2 Turnstone , 1 Dunlin , several Ruff and large numbers of Avocet , Redshank and Black Tailed Godwit. A male Marsh Harrier flew over the flood putting everything up which is always a great sight to see , it appeared to be carrying a Marsh Frog in its talons.

Marsh Harrier with a Marsh Frog in its talons.

I also had a close encounter with a Kestrel which was pretty smart .

Close Kestrel.

I carried on my circuit around the East flood and added several Sand Martins and Swallows to my mornings total , i bumped into another birder who i didn't know who kindly pointed out some " Dragons " to me and they were 2 Emperors , 2 Brown Hawkers and 2 Black-Tailed Skimmers .

Black-Tailed Skimmer.

Black-Tailed Skimmer.

A walk along the sea wall plus and a quick look over the West flood didn't produce anything different other than a Small Tortoiseshell .

Small Tortoiseshell.