Wednesday at Dungeness with Malcolm McVail,first stop the Patch where good views of passing Pomarine skuas were had and four Black Terns were feeding,luckily one came onto the beach to rest among the Common Terns thus enabling a size comparison to be made.
From here to the RSPB reserve where the undoubted high was the return of the Purple Herons
Other notables were Knot in summer plumage, Cuckoo,Hobby and Common Sandpiper.
Apologies for the standard of photos but all taken at a fair distance from subject.
There was tension in the air at Fan Bay on Thursday morning when the female Raven was not very happy with my presence,not that I was anywhere near to the nest site,this unusual behaviour led me to believe that the youngsters had or were about to fledge.
My suspicions were confirmed this morning (Saturday) when three young were sat on the cliff edge with mother in attendance nearby.They have started flying around too so they will soon be gone and another successful breeding season will be over for them.
Attention turned to butterflies on the lower tramway where Adonis Blue,Small and Common Blue,Dingy Skipper,Green Hairstreak,Small Copper,Small Heath and Orangetip were all found as well as a Cinnabar moth.