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Kents Garden Birds

While visiting my dad in Margate I decided to spend some time looking at and photographing the birds found in his humble urban garden, he gets a lot more birds, in physical numbers, than I do (years more feeding), and a heck of a lot more species.

This is just a brief post to highlight the species and offer up a few of the photos I took there. The below is the list I saw (not in any particular order), followed by the photos (mainly parrots as I don't get them near me).

A Trip to Sheppy

A Trip to Sheppy
A Trip to Sheppy
While visiting Margate over half term, Toby and I joined Nana and Granddad in a trip to the Isle of Sheppy (and Elmley Nature reserve you'll already have seen my picture of the week yesterday which was from this trip). 

It was to be a day of birding and looking for Owls and raptors (we left the girls to go to the cinema, bubs doesn't do well in cars, a bit like her older brother).lareg

Arriving around 11 we were due to stay as late as possible (dark, although Elmley now closes at 5!) in the great hope that the wintering short-eared owls would put in an appearance.

Photo of the Week #34

Little Egret at Sundown

Photo of the Week #34 is from my visit to the Isle of Sheppy (actually at Elmley Nature Reserve), the white of the Little Egret really stands out against the pink coloured water. The colour was caused by the setting sun.


Sandwich Bay Visit

Sandwich Bay Visit
Sandwich Bay Visit
Last week I had one of my usual breaks down in Margate visiting the old man, half term rules! On one of our mornings there, we popped out to visit Sandwich Bay bird Observatory and see what was visiting the pools and golf course (as well as the obs feeders). 

I must say I still find it hard to believe in this day and age that there is a fee to drive down a road just because someone can own so much land!Good job members of the observatory don't have to pay.

Photo of the Week #33

Eurasian Coot - Photo of the Week 33
Eurasian Coot - Photo of the Week 33

Photo of the Week #33 is a throwback for me (sorry not taken anything this week) this Eurasian Coot was photographed on Lodge lake, back in 2014.


Britain's Sea Mammals - Review

Britain's Sea Mammals - Review
Britain's Sea Mammals - Review
Britain's Sea Mammals Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises and Seals and Where to Find Them by Jon Dunn, Robert Still and Hugh Harrop | 129 pages | Princeton University Press | Paperback | 2012 | ISBN: 978-0-691-15660-6 |

So Far I have reviewed Britain’s Dragonflies, Britain’s Butterflies and Britain’s Hoverflies so now for another from the Wildguides collection: Britain’s Sea Mammals, Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises and Seals and Where to Find them (wow that’s a mouthful of a title, I’ll refer to it as Britain’s Sea Mammals from now on!) 

There are more than you might think, and some quite exciting ones at that.