Although I go to Dungeness on probably a fortnightly basis (25 minute drive) and have done so for the past year, I hadn’t a photograph of a Sedge Warbler up to now.

The Sedge Warbler

My day started off just before 10am and it was cold! I walked from the ARC Car Park along to the viewing point on the main Site and sat there for a good hour. In this time I saw four Hobbys, a Marsh Harrier, Common Terns and the usual Reed Buntings making a right racket.

I walked back slowly, got the car and drove round to the main RSPB Car Park and set about a long walk around the whole Reserve. Between the Christmas Dell Hide and Denge Marsh Hide I found myself face to face with a Sedge Warbler sitting very calmly amongst the shrubbery.

Starlings at Dungeness Wild Foxgloves at Dungeness Small Blue Butterfly
Starlings – Wild Foxgloves – Small Blue

Ah good I thought, at last I’ve seen one. For the rest of my walk I must have seen another 8 or 9. It’s strange how this happens, you never see something, but once you do, you seem to see them over and over again.
This makes for not being so excited about seeing one (unless it’s rare) but on a challenge to take a better photo than the one you had before!

Close up of a Swallow
The Swallow, nice pose, pity it wasn’t on a twig though!

I finished up around 3pm, the sun had come out and from being cold in the morning I was now quite hot!
A Linnet and some Swallows sat on the telegraph wire back on the ARC and that roundd my day off quite well.

Other wildlife included quite a few Electric Blue Dragons, Four Spotted Chasers and lots more Invertebrates, most being in the form of Midges.

Good preparation for Scotland in two and a half weeks !

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