19th August 2018.
August has been a busy birdwatching month for me , after my Pelagic trip in early August most of my recent birding has been at local sites , on the 19th August i called into Restharrow Scrape and had some decent views of Wood Sandpiper.
Very noticeable eye strip.
Wood Sandpiper are one of my favourite waders and i really enjoyed great scope views of this bird , also present were 2 Green Sandpipers & 2 Garganey in eclipse plumage.
2 Garganey in eclipse plumage.
Grove Ferry 22nd & 30th August 2018
I had a couple of visits to Grove Ferry in August , on the 22nd an early morning visit proved a good choice as i saw the Spotted Crake from the viewing ramp , to distant for a photo but i had good views through the scope.
There was also an immature Spoonbill present plus 2 Garganey were also seen, on the 30th i paid another visit in the hope of seeing a Whinchat , after getting some info from Martyn Wilson (many thanks) i was soon looking at 5 Whinchats .
Digi scoped photos of Whinchat.
I then called into the David Feast hide n the hope of seeing the Kingfisher's that have been putting on a show of late and i was not disappointed.
Dungeness 22nd August 2018
American Black Tern.
An American Black Tern was expertly found on the 21st by Stephen Message on Burrows pit , and news broke that it was still present on the 22nd , so on my way back from Grove Ferry i headed straight there , it took some finding as there were 20+ Black Terns also present and not having any experience with American Black Tern before it took me awhile to find it.
However once i got my eye in i was able to pick it out pretty much every time thankfully.
American Black Tern is a sub species of Black Tern and is the first one ever recorded in Kent.
Swalecliffe 31st August 2018
Purple Heron Photo by Alex Perry.
On the 31st August i received a phone call from Chidders informing me that Geoff Burton had just found a Purple Heron at Swalecliffe , so i dropped everything and headed straight there, on arrival i could Geoff & Ted looking out towards the Brook.
I was soon informed that the Purple Heron had dropped down into the Brook and had not been seen since , then Julian & Alex Perry arrived , we were all chatting when Geoff picked up the Purple Heron flying towards us , it then headed of west and sadly not seen again.
Great find by Geoff Burton who informed me it's a 1st record for Swalecliffe, many thanks to Chidders for the tip off and to Alex Perry for the use of his great photo.