Saturday 5 December 2015

Dungeness Strikes Again..... Long Eared Owl

Long Eared Owl.

I called into Dungeness Rspb reserve yesterday the 4th December in the hope of seeing  the Long Eared Owl that was found by Richard Roberts a week ago (great find mate) , this was a new bird for my Dungeness bird list (5th new bird this year) so i was very keen to see it.

Having a preen.

I really enjoyed watching this bird although it just basically just sat there roosting , although it did have a bit of a preen at one stage , quite alot of birders enjoyed this bird whilst i was there, good to met Liam , Adrain & Martin  plus i also bumped into Mike Hook in the Makepeace hide later in the day. Back to the birds where i saw both male & female Goldeneye from the hides.

Male Goldeneye.

Female Goldeneye.

Plus i saw 4 Redhead Smew from the Dennis hide which were distant most of the time.

Redhead Smew from a previous visit.

I then headed off to Pett Level to try and see the elusive Glossy Ibis but had no luck this time , however there were good numbers of Curlew , Ruff ,Lapwing & Dark Bellied Brent Geese plus a Peregrine flew over putting everything up in the air. I took a few photos of them plus a Grey Heron put in an appearance.

Grey Heron



Lapwing coming into land.


  1. Thanks for the mention Rob it was good to catch up with you again. Managed to see 1 drake and two duck Gooseanders and a Red head Smew from the Scott Hide after I left you. Also met Martin Casemore later in the Makepeace and he put me on to a stonking Adult Caspian Gull. 4 Red head Smew still from Denis hide at 4pm. Great day out.

    1. Hi Mike , good to see you to mate , well done on the rest of what you saw , great selection of birds .


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