|Dungeness. Note the complete lack of anything avian in this picture.|
There were a few other birders there already and The Patch (an area of the sea where the power station spews out warm water used for cooling and in turn, attracts sea life that forms a meal for gulls and terns) had a good number of terns hovering and dipping down to touch the sea and pick a morsel from the sea. There were Common Terns and a few Arctic Terns feeding here as well as a Little Gull and a Kittiwake. Further out a few Common Scoters passed by along with parties of Shelduck. After about an hour, the wind started to pick up a little. This was just enough to invite a few Skuas to come closer to the shoreline. First we had an Arctic Skua flying east followed minutes later by a Great Skua (Bonxie). Gannets were now visible and there was a Grey Seal and a couple of Harbour Porpoises also close to the shoreline for our entertainment.
Nothing else happened after that so I headed over to the 'desert' which is aptly named as it is a vast area of sparse scrub covered in shingle. A beautiful landscape but unfortunately bird free. But some nice plants like the Toadflax...I think.
|God I hope this is Yellow Toadflax.|
|Curlew Sandpiper with Lapwings and Dunlin.|
|Little Stints (2) with Lapwings and Curlew Sandpiper.|