Black winged Stilt.
This last week at Oare Marshes & Pegwell Bay has been a really great period to see various wader species , all at local sites .
The family party of Black winged Stilts (2 ads & 2 juvs) were still present at Oare marshes on the 12th July in all their glory, these exotic birds were really putting on a show for all who came to see them.
Black winged Stilt not happy with this Coot.
There was also an adult Temminck's Stint present on the 12th and although distant at first it eventually came closer near the pull-in and showed really well through the scope.
The water levels are really good at Oare Marshes and it is attracting lot's of various wader species and this time of year anything can turn up !!!
The Bonaparte's Gull was still present on the East flood and whilst watching this i could hear Turtle Doves 'Purring' from the paddocks.
Bonaparte's Gull on East Flood.
19th July : Pegwell Bay
News of a Pectoral Sandpiper in the pool near the garage at Pegwell Bay on the 18th had me heading there the very next morning , i initially saw it out in the middle of the pool near a Redshank and whilst saying hello to Andy Lipczynski the Pectoral Sandpiper had flown closer to where we were standing and gave some incredible views.
Pectoral Sandpiper flying closer.
Even though the light wasn't that great for photography (that is my default excuse for all my photos !!!) the bird gave fantastic views through the scope, i did some digi scope photography and these are the results.
Having a stretch.
21st July 2018 : Oare Marshes
Adult White rumped Sandpiper
I received a phone call early Saturday morning informing me of an adult White rumped Sandpiper on the East flood at Oare marshes , so once again i headed straight there.
I walked around to the Faversham creek side and joined regular Oare birders MW, RR & Co and was put onto the White rumped Sandpiper , although it was distant and amongst lot's of waders every so often it did show well and great views through the scope were had.
White Rumped Sandpiper in with all these waders.
I never got any decent photos of the WRS but with patience looking through the scope i saw it really well , what a smart bird it is to, great find by Steve Clinch.
The Black winged Stilt family had departed Oare marshes but there was still a great selection of wader species , i personally saw 15 different species of wader, highlights including 2 ad Curlew Sandpipers, 2 ad Knot , Little Ringed Plover , Whimbrel and the ad Temminck's Stint was also still present.