Adult Common Crane.
News of an adult Common Crane at Dungeness on Friday peaked my interest as i have never seen one at Dungeness before despite them being more or less seen annually , i have either been at work and not had chance to get there or they have just been fly overs , anyhow i couldn't go Friday either as had a doctors appointment , so when news broke yesterday the 10th October that the Common Crane was still present i wasted no time and headed for Dungeness.
On arrival the news was that the Crane had flown from hayfield 3 towards the ranges so i had a look around that area with no joy , i decided to head back towards Denge marsh as there was a chance the Common Crane might return to that area , i met up with Phillip Goacher and we headed of towards the hayfields for a look , as we approached all the Greylag Geese took to the air in a right old panic and then i picked out the cause of the panic , the Common Crane was flying above them heading our way !!!!
It then circled around and headed back over the fields towards Lydd before dropping down , we managed to find it in the fields but was very distant , i saw it in flight on one more occasion then i headed off towards the sea for a look around.
The sea was fairly quite , only a few Dark Bellied Brent Geese , Common Scoter & Gannets plus 3 Sandwich Terns of note , there was a Black Redstart calling from inside the power station and eventually appeared on the fence before dropping down to forage among the plants.
A Kestrel flew by very close before landing on a nearby fence post giving very nice views.
Very close Kestrel.
It sat there for a little while before flying off towards the old lighthouse.