Trials,Tribulations and Happy Moments in my busy life

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Cheeky couple of hours off

Hi folks,

Well today I finished work a bit early and went on a jaunt to Motney Hill with Trevor, dont tell Sue though as she was working hard in Canterbury.

This is the first time I have tried Birding with my long lens which I think I stretched it to far. We had to walk along a path by the shoreline for about a mile.

Anyway this is a few that I got...

Right not being very good at this my book says it's a Little Egret, Trev and I both got these although they were a long way away.

Trev is into birds in flight so I had a go, it is not as easy as it looks. I think this is a Herring Gull.

There is an abundance of wild flowers out there I took this but I have forgotten it's name no doubt one of the bolgspot group will remind me.

Lots of birds were flocking ready to migrate to warmer climes.

 I got a couple of Waders on the shore line Trevor got one of these is flight. I think they are Curlew with a19cm beak but I stand to be corrected.

Now you can see where we were very close to the power station.

And last but not least another Little Egret.

All in all a great couple of hours we spent and I must admit I could get hooked.

Well that's my first go so I need a lot more practice.

nite nite, luv Mike xx


  1. Hi Mike, hope you got the birds right or Eileen
    will have you in the naughty corner again !!
    Dont know what the flower is ? I bet Eileen knows
    Chris R

  2. It's called common Mallow,Mike. As far as I can see Curlew have red beaks, I could not ID these as there was nothing in my book. We did hear a Curlew while we there out at the end.

    They are all very Nice Mike.

  3. Yes silly me, the books seem a bit confusing.Mine only cost a £1 in a Market in Wales with Ken and Heather.
    Thanks for the comment Trev, they were all far away but never mind.

  4. Can confirm Little Egret, The gull was a black headed gull (they dont keep their black heads when not breeding), the waders look very Curlew-ish to me (a host of black headed gulls in the foreground) The curlew and Whimbrel are the only british waders that I know of with noticeable curved beaks and I favour the Curlew in this instance. I bow to Trev's superior knowledge with regard to the flower.

    Great photos, well done.

  5. Hi Mike, thanks for popping up. I haven't been flying much as other things seem to pop up at the weekend and scupper my plans. Well done on identifying the birds, I am not very good at that. Keep well.

  6. NEWS UPDATE. I have just noticed that when you click on a picture to enlarge you get a set of thumbnails along the bottom of the screen which you can go along to look at all the images in your blog...near or wot.

  7. I agree wiv ekiM Mike well done on the birdies ..... and Trev on the flower .... xx :)

    Watching nature lowers your BP....!

  8. I agree with Ekim about the birds & the big waders are defiantly are Curlew