Sunday, 10 April 2011

Little Terns at Dungeness

One of two Little terns at the 'patch this morning'

Just arriving at the Dungeness point this morning for a sea watch, I met two fishermen who said they'd just seen a Hoopoe on the concrete path by the power station wall. So, their began my one hours search - sadly all hopelessly in vain! On the positive side, I saw a Peregrine dive bomb and clip a Raven on the ground! Brave or stupid, the Peregrine moved on and the Raven merely rearranged its feathers.

Ravens seen past the power station and looking back to Denge marsh gulley

Plenty of Common Terns feeding at the patch at Dungeness

On the sea, just a few Brent Geese and one Whimbrel on the move. Things looked quiet so I just watched the Little Terns and a flock of 100+ common Terns feeding at the patch. Once many decades ago, a breeding bird at Dungeness, now Little Terns are just a passage migrant or possibly visitors from the dwindling Rye harbour colony. At the 'patch', the 2 Little Terns charged up and down the low water mark occasionally diving for sprats - it was great to watch.

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