Sunday, 13 October 2019

OCTOBERFEST

The weather has been dreadful so far this month so its more Octoberfamine than feast.
 PIED WAGTAIL Samphire Hoe
 HEBRIDEAN SKY


 COTE DES DUNES
 CHIFF CHAFF Langdon Hole
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 PRIDE OF BURGUNDY - PRIDE OF CANTERBURY
 GALLANT
 A LATE WALL BROWN-Hope Point.
 ROTTERDAM at the Cruise Terminal.
 GREAT CRESTED GREBE-Reed bed hide Stodmarsh
 GREAT WHITE EGRET
 BROWN ARGUS Stodmarsh.
 LITTLE OWL Stodmarsh.
 SPOT THE OSPREY.
 GREEN SANDPIPER
 GREEN SANDPIPER
 HORNET
 JUV RING OUZEL Samphire Hoe
 ADULT MALE
 RING OUZEL
I had decided not to photogtaph any more wheatears this year but these four at the Hoe were irresistible......
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 CURLEW AT OARE
 AVOCETS AT OARE
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 LONG TAILED TITS
 LANGDON HOLE
ANOTHER RING OUZEL.

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

WHAT A GREY DAY

 A Grey Phalarope at Grenham Bay Birchington raised me from my post holiday lethargy and this lovely little wader did not disappoint.
 GREY PHALAROPE
 -The Grey Phalarope breeds in the high arctic and turns up in the UK on migration in the autumn usually after storms,they spend all winter at sea.
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-During the breeding season the Grey Phalarope becomes this beautiful brick red colour,which gives it its other name Red Phalarope.The female is the brighter of the two and the male incubates the eggs and looks after the youngsters, role reversal in nature.These photos were taken in Svalbaard in June 2017
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 -STEADY

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GO.
A migrant turned up in my garden overnight
THE VESTAL not sure if it was a virgin though.




To end the month I had an afternoon at Dungeness, the ARC held several gulls and terns and the reserve had a few chiff chaffs ,blackcaps and whitethroats in the bushes.
LITTLE GULL adult in winter plumage.
 -LITTLE GULL

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 -LITTLE GULL juv
 -COMMON TERN juv
 COMMON TERN juv


COMMON TERN juv
 BLACK TERN juv
CHIFF CHAFF
 -A DULLER CHIFF CHAFF
 -CHIFF IN THE GORSE
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 OLYMPIC CHALLENGER OFF DUNGENESS en route to Brest from Dover.
SAILING BY.