Saturday, September 03, 2005


Another RSPB reserve 'tick' for me. Went daaaahn saaaaahf to Dungeness with the same crew as last weekend in search of... well, migrants, I suppose. We were greeted by a Wheatear on the roof of the toilet block and there were shed-loads of Yellow Wagtails calling overhead.

But otherwise, finding birds took a little more hard work. Bramble-bush-watching found us Whitethroat, Blackcap, Sedge and Willow Warblers, while scanning across a field picked up a distant Whinchat. OK, so they're not exactly top-drawer rarities, but it felt really good to be getting onto birds that we wouldn't have with just a casual glance here and there.

Hooray for birding!

The Marsh Frogs on the reserve were, I suppose, a UK amphibian tick for me. One of the pools was filled with them in a variety of different sizes. That hadn't gone unnoticed by a Grass Snake, which was wending its way through the water and had its eye on Marsh Froglets for lunch. Though we didn't see any actual action, it was fascinating to watch.

Migrant Hawker

frog photos taken with Nikon Coolpix 995 + Leica Apo Televid 62 with 16x eyepiece. Dragonflies with Nikon Coolpix 995


  1. Great photos again. Looks like these wildlife reserves are a good place to go. We've just joined the Dorset Wildlife Trust, so once we get the maps to the reserves, we'll be going out and I might get some more interesting pics!

  2. Oh, er, that last comment was me :o) Too many blogs, I guess :oP

  3. Anonymous1:23 pm

    The first frog photo is awesome. I love it!