10 Mar 2011

Sheppey 07.02

Well, what can I say, what have we done to deserve yet another day of sunshine albeit still rather chilly, this weather induced a visit to Sheppey, starting at Leysdown, the tide was about fifty metres from the shore when we arrived with the tide in flood, on the beach was great acivity, starring some twenty Sanderling who were rushing about at great speed among about fifty Turnstone and about five Redshank, I rattled off a few shots before moving of to Shellness, where we encountered a very obliging Kestrel who allowed a few pictures before meandering off.

A quick visit to Harty, nothing of note on the Fleet and terminated my visit at the Raptor Viewpoint after only seeing two distant Marsh Harriers's.

We then made our way to Elmley, sun still out we drove to Wellmarsh hide, but just past the farm and in the area of the fist gate was a very active Merlin, good numbers of Wigeon and Teal a few distant Curlew and quite a number of Golden Plover at distance.

We sat in the hide in anticipation of an influx of waders pushed of their feeding grounds by the tide, glancing at my watch revealed it was two hours to high water, the wind was funnelling in through the open window apertures allowing the strong NE wind to reduce our body heat considerably, after about an hour of this and coupled with the lack of bird movement we decided to leave, opening the door into the sunshine made us aware of how warm it really was and how chilling it was inside the hide.

Will be posting pic's tomorrow

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