Regular readers will know I’ve been trying to get a photo of a Bearded Tit for about a year. I managed a Female at Minsmere last month but the male has escaped me.
Last Friday, Bingo !!
Looking at the forecast it was the one day in about 10 where there was to be sunshine and relatively light winds for some days, so off I went to Dungeness early morning and after about 45 minutes of sitting at the View Point somewhat cold, one appeared on the Scrape Board opposite.

Male Bearded Tit

Having heard of the Cattle Egret for my last four visits I then went off in search of that and for once the Cows in the field at Boulderwall were close to the Reserve track and after a few varying positions got a reasonable shot off it.

Cattle Egret at Dungeness

Then, to my surprise I noticed the Ring Necked Duck , another which had escaped me for the last three weeks, appeared mixing with three Coots, again fairly close to the Track.
It seems that both Cattle and any Ducks, Waders etc. probably start off close to the track early morning but upon more cars and Birders going past, move over to the far side.

Ring Necked Duck

By this time it was about 10.45am so I popped down to the Old Lighthouse in hope of spotting anything else interesting, but the rain came down and feeling it was a morning fulfilled I made my way home.



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