Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Purple Heron

Dengemarsh - warm, dry and sunny, light airs - 0530 - 0830 hrs - With the forecast south-easterlies failing to materialise I elected for another early morning session on the bird reserve. The Barn Owl was again active around Boulderwall and, as usual, flew over the road to hunt the rough ground around the Tower Pits where Bittern and Cuckoo were both calling. In the still air Reed Buntings, Whitethroats, Cetti`s, Sedge and Reed Warblers were everywhere, while a female Bearded Tit fed two fledged juveniles in a Cook`s Pool reedbed. 

                                   Purple Heron over Hookers

                                 Purple Heron, by David Scott

From the ramp a Bittern `boomed` and Marsh Harriers came and went; and then at 0630hrs a Purple Heron broke cover from a Dengemarsh reedbed and flew towards ARC where it briefly landed in front of Screen hide (SM). It then flew towards Burrowes and back towards myself and Dave S where we hurriedly took a couple of flight shots and watched it drop into the wetland behind Hookers by the Lydd track. A superb bird that brought back memories of the summer of 2010 when a pair successfully bred at Dungeness.

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