Dungeness and Jury's Gap

I left home early for an early start at the Dungeness seawatching hide. Alas, it was rather uneventful, although nice to meet Martin again and another lady who visited the hide. Before Martin arrived I'm pretty sure I saw a Great Skua and an Arctic Skua. I also recorded 15 Common Scoter and 56 Brent Geese, but I'm I missed a lot. A young Brent Goose was on the beach for a short time. With nothing going on and an update on the latest news from Martin I headed over to the ARC to find the long coveted Glossy Ibis and a Black-necked Grebe.

Brent Goose

The ARC is very difficult to view now that the hide is closed (due, apparently, to health and safety concerns resulting from an unstable tree) and especially in the morning facing directly into the sun. There was no sign of the Glossy Ibis, but after seemingly misidentifying a Little Grebe as a Black-necked Grebe (I'm going to claim they must have both been feeding in the same area and I didn't misidentify it at all) I did, beyond doubt, find the Black-necked Grebe. A Great White Egret and a Marsh Harrier were also noted. 

Black-necked Grebe

I popped onto the main reserve to see if the Glossy Ibis was now at Boulderwall Farm. I was fairly sure I saw it at the last minute as it dropped down into a ditch, and this was confirmed a short while later when it was flushed by a walker who strolled across the farm. I couldn't quite gather whether the walker was lost or surveying; I'm guessing the former. I managed to see the bird in flight which was nice, but alas it was backlit and I couldn't achieve any decent photos. Nevertheless, it was a pleasing addition to the life list after missing it in spring. Other species noted were 2 Great White Egrets and a Hobby. 

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Marsh Harrier

Final trip whilst I waited for my caravan to be ready was to Jury's Gap. The tide was in and there was no exposed beach at all, and the water was right up to the sea defence wall. Scanning east along the beach I spotted a Wheatear and 2 Yellow Wagtails, and there were 2 Turnstones roosting and a of few Sandwich Terns around. Most remarkle was a large emergence of cranefly on the sea defence wall. They were all over the place, and Pied Wagtails and Starlings were taking full advantage of the bounty, with the wagtails preferring to de-limb their victims before gobbling down the rest. 

Starlings amongst the craneflies


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