Tuesday, 10 October 2017

MY AUTUMN ALMANAC

The latest photos of my autumn adventures around East Kent....
 RED NECKED GREBE DUNGENESS ARC PIT


 VILLE DE BORDEAUX An aircraft carrier with a difference.
 GREEN WOODPECKER- SANDWICH BAY
 SKYLARK - SANDWICH BAY
 SEA HOLLY SANDWICH BAY
 WHEATEAR SANDWICH BAY



WHEATEAR AT SAMPHIRE HOE


 GREAT WHITE EGRETS now up to 17 birds at Dungeness.
 BLACK TERN ARC PIT

 UP CLOSE AT THE HANSON HIDE.
 LAPLAND BUNTING AT BISHOPSTONE GLEN a regular autumn visitor.
 ALSO KNOWN AS LAPLAND LONGSPUR see the long hind claw.

LAPLAND BUNTING






 BLACK NECKED GREBE FAVERSHAM CREEK OARE









 WILSONS PHALAROPE- OARE An American wader lost on migration.

WILSONS PHALAROPE IN FLIGHT.
 LONG BILLED DOWITCHER-OARE Another American wader thats been around for ages now.







LBD
And now for a few from Langdon Cliffs on Sunday morning.............
 CHIFFCHAFF DEPARTING
 REDWING ARRIVING


 KESTREL WAITING


Still a few butterflies about when the sun shines

 CLOUDED YELLOW


 SMALL COPPER
 SONG THRUSH ARRIVING
TURNSTONES RETURN "OLD STUMPY IS BACK"?

Monday, 25 September 2017

SEPTEMBER SONG

September is almost over already, butterfly season coming to a close the autumn migration is also past its peak for summer departures with a mass evacuation of swallows and house martins a week ago with literally thousands of birds flooding out of the country quite a spectacle a mass brexit you could say.However October can be the best month for rareties so keep your eyes peeled,and your ears dewaxed,or in my case your batteries charged.
 ROCK PIPIT numbers rise through the winter at Samphire Hoe when the resident birds are joined by continental visitors.




 PEREGRINE FALCON this young bird has been chasing the local house martins.

 SPOTTED FLYCATCHER AT DUNGENESS


 SANDERLING GREATSTONE BEACH




 DUNLIN

 DUNLIN AND SANDERLING IN FLIGHT




 SANDERLING
 SMALL COPPER an AUTUMNAL BUTTERFLY




 HOVERING AT THE HOE
 HOW NOW BROWN COW ONE OF OUR NEW RESIDENTS AT SAMPHIRE HOE.
 A BUMPER YEAR FOR HOUSE SPARROWS AT DOVER HARBOUR.
 YOUNG MALE STONECHAT SAMPHIRE HOE,Its been a good breeding year for them.
 UFO OVER THE CLIFFS
 ADONIS BLUE A LATE SECOND BROOD.


 WHEATEAR migration continues but has slowed to a trickle now.


 HMS ALBION Heading down channel.
 WASP SPIDER.
 SPITFIRES pass over the Hoe on a regular basis throughout the summer.
 35028 CLAN LINE hauling the Golden Arrow through Samphire Hoe in the pouring rain.



 PILLARS OF CLOUD IN THE CHANNEL.
 PAINTED LADIES THE LAST AT DUNGENESS
 YOUNG LITTLE GULL AT THE PATCH.

 GREY PHALAROPE AT DUNGENESS BEACH-You may remember I saw the adult Grey Phalaropes in Svalbaard back in June looking splendid in their brick red plumage.













GREY PHALAROPE
 RED ADMIRALS love ivy blossom in the autumn.
 KESTREL  AT BOCKHILL.


 STALKING THE STORK,A WHITE STORK of uncertain origin appeared on the fields at Bockhill last week.

 AUTUMN WEBS
 JUVENILE GREEN WOODPECKER LANGDON HOLE
 WHEATEAR AT FAN BAY
 COMMON REDSTART SAMPHIRE HOE

 ROBIN IN FULL SONG
 FEMALE TEAL SAMPHIRE HOE
 WHINCHAT AT THE HOE
 SHAGGY INKCAP
 SANDWICH TERN DUNGENESS
 A SINISTER LOOKING ARCTIC SKUA



 GOLDEN PLOVER FLOCK AT OARE
 BALMORAL OFF RECULVER
 SLEEPY SANDERLING RECULVER
 CATERPILLAR OF THE VAPOURER MOTH

 CATERPILLAR OF THE SYCAMORE MOTH.
Hope you like it there will be more soon.