Fallow Stag, Knowle Park.

Fallow Stag, Knowle Park.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

** A Run Out To Leysdown**

Pam and I are are a lot better, my problem isn't  as bad as Pamela's, was, she has virtually recovered, and I am going to have physiotherapy for my shoulder. After a long time Pam said that she wanted to get out for a drive so we went to Leysdown. This wasn't a birding outing, but we did have a drive down Harty Ferry Rd. The first thing we saw was a lot of cuddly baby lambs, then as we rounded the bend at the bottom along by the large dirt mound on the right was 2 RED LEGGED PARTRIDGE, my first of the year. The pictures aren't that good as the sun was in front of me. It has been a long time since I posted any pics with a blog that I am not sure about the settings I am using. I usually use aperture priority, I suppose it is back to trial and error.
From here we drove down to the viewing mound to turn around, as we pulled in this is what we saw in the ditch on the left.
Like many fly tippers is it really too much trouble to dispose of  their crap like decent people do, it just goes to show what scum bags there are out there. IF they feel they must do it, they could at least
leave it on the side of the road so that it can be collected easily. Is this what it has come down to now, virtually everywhere you go to now it can be found. Jokingly, is that it annoyed me because there wasn't anything that was of use to me, even if there was, how was I going to get it......typical.
On the way back was half a dozen Reed Bunting, 4 male, 2 female, then to my surprise I saw a bird that  I was very happy to see and that was a male WHEATEAR. I managed to get a couple of pictures of it, but not being that close wasn't easy, after cropping it  etc on here it didn't turn  out as good as I hoped it would, still it a record shot for me.

This Wheatear was half way up the hill going towards the main road, on the right where the five bar gate is among lots of wood, there is a tall metal pole there.
The other birds worth looking at was 4 Marsh Harrier on the thermals and another being mobbed by a Common Buzzard.
Here is a few random pictures that I took earlier this year that I didn't post.
This is the old Sheppey crossing that seem to take for ages to come down.
Couple of Starling shots.
And finally a poor attempt at a male Marsh Harrier in flight. I admire people who can get pictures of birds in flight.

Bird Of The Day is easy, seeing as I wasn't there long enough to have a good look around, I can only go for the ** WHEATEAR.**


  1. Ken ,
    Good to read that Pam and your good self are well on the road to recovery , and a good day to have your first outing for quite some time . I'm sure the confidence with the camera will come back too . Now with the migrants coming in , I can see a few more days out in the near future . I've been lucky with Wheatear at that spot too .

  2. Ditto on what Greenie said. The important part is that you get completely healed and back to birding again. Camera settings can wait. Your pics are great!

  3. Looks like it was a good day to be out and about, Ken.

  4. Pleased to hear you are both feeling better Ken

  5. Thanks for all your comments guys.