Sunday, 26 January 2014

Brief Encounters at Capel Fleet & Stodmarsh

A brief visit to Capel Fleet on the Isle of Sheppey did not reveal much.

 I was hoping to get some game bird photographs, in particular Pheasant and Partridge images.

But, they were noticeable by their absence, maybe I arrived too late in the morning, or maybe the local shoots have taken a heavy toll.

Two Red legged Partridges were all that was seen, on the ditch spoil heap, alongside the road.

A Marsh Harrier was quartering the reed beds distantly, Buzzard numbers seem to have increased around this area recently, good view of one on a telegraph pole, which flew  as soon as I pointed the camera in its direction, another surveying the local fields from  its vantage spot on a raised spoil heap, but to far for the camera, a record shot only.

On to Stodmarsh, a shortish drive away, on arrival the sun was still shining, but conditions along the tracks at Stodmarsh were very heavy going.
A quick look out from the Reedbed hide revealed very little on the lake, a few distant Black headed Gulls,  Three Marsh Harriers made an appearance over the reed beds.

Water levels were very high, in fact, only the upper 12 inches of the kingfisher perches were showing  above the water level.

A walk around the Alder wood revealed a flock of Goldfinches feeding high up in the Alder trees with a small number of Siskins feeding with them, as well as another Treecreeper.
Siskin too high for a decent photograph , so another record shot.

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