I love Mountains, hills, valleys and rivers, but there’s something aout Dungeness that never ceases to give me pleasure both in scenery and wildlife.
Now at the end of July virtually every meadow plant and flower is in full swing and today, I don’t think I have ever seen so many Butterflies, Dragon Flies and other Invertebrates.

Sparrowhawk with prey

After an hour sitting on the Beach at ‘The Patch’ patiently waiting for a Seal to appear but never did, I made my way up to the RSPB Reserve.
Bird wise it’s a very quiet time of the year but as always, something comes along, mainly by luck, seldom through judgement.

First on the Agenda was a Sparrowhawk flying overhead at the ARC Viewing Point, it was only when I got home and viewed my picture full size I realised it was holding it’s Prey. What, I’m unsure but from what appears to be a yellowish beak I’d say either a Blackbird or possibly a baby Coot.

Flora at Dungeness Mother and Juvenile Coot Sand Martin
Some of the Flora – Mother with Juvenile Coot – Sand Martin

Never challenge was to photograph a Sand Martin. Not knowing where they’re actually nsting my only hope was to catch one flying. I think I probably took 50 photos in hope that one may be any good, even show the bird at all!
I managed one.

Common Blue Butterfly Dungeness
Common Blue

The only other sightings were some Gadwalls, Mallards, 2 Marsh Harriers seemingly hunting together and a few flashes of a small bird passing me by.
But it was a pleasant day starting off with blue skies and quite hot but by 11.00am somewhat windy.
I knew then I should have done the Reserve first and the Beach second, this though is another learning curve and I shall study the forecast a little better next time!

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