Monday, 19 March 2018

A Ramsgate Razor (09/03/18)

A walk around the harbour complex at Ramsgate on the morning of the 9th and although nothing too exciting had made its way into the various basin's, I was quite pleased to photograph a Razorbill that I saw swimming in amongst the moored boats in the inner basin. Normally it is Guillemot's that sit close in and pose for the camera so a Razorbill made for a nice change. Dull, gloomy and overcast skies (when isn't it of late) with a few spots of drizzle for good measure but a few record shots escaped the delete button.

I looked for the Iceland and Glaucous Gull's with no joy, no doubt they have now moved on but the two Snow Buntings were seen way down near the now redundant cafe by the old Sally terminal entrance. There was also a female Black Redstart by the Fulmar's nesting site. I returned to Ramsgate on the 11th as the sun had decided to show but try as I did, I could not re locate the Razorbill anywhere. My hopes of better images in the sun dashed, I found a European Shag sitting on the slipway where the fish are off loaded in the outer basin. It let me pass it within a metre to get the other side with the sun behind me and continued to sit there for 10 minutes as I snapped away with the camera. (Notice the bling, well you cannot miss it really). Then it went into the water as the incoming tide approached and started to fish, catching what I presume to be a Weaver fish which it dropped once but dived and caught again, giving me an opportunity to get a few more images.

Where is the Spring ???

Sunday, 11 March 2018

A Fiery Crest.

I have made a couple of visits to the reserve at Stodmarsh over the past two weeks and a pleasant surprise for me was a Firecrest seen along the entrance track to the Grove end of the reserve on the morning of the 25th (February). I do not see many Firecrest's at Grove so was fairly pleased with this one.

It's easy to see where they get their name from.

Two days earlier, on the 23rd, a Little Grebe swimming in the dyke in front of the Feast hide gave me a reason to get the camera out of the bag.

Then we were treated to the Icy blast, the Beast from the East, which never amounted to much really, enough snow to be a nuisance and a week of freezing temperatures, feeling uncomfortably cold in the biting easterly winds. I watched three Common Snipe from the Reed Bed hide which stood out well against the snowy backdrop.

Nothing out of the ordinary seen during the cold snap but nice to get out and walk around the reserve all the same. A few more images below from my visits over the past fortnight to Stodmarsh.



Tufted Duck.



Spring is just around the corner and hopefully the arrival of our returning migrants will soon be evident.