Yesterday , I decided to visit the Isle of Sheppey before the arrival of the latest ex-hurricane . As it
instead went to have a look at the male Hen Harrier painted on the blockhouse , a superb piece of art , I just wished I saw a real one , or a SE Owl , but the only raptor seen was a male Kestrel . By the houses , I was photographing a Redshank perched on a half submerged post , when I got just too
close , and it flew off and neatly fitted in between 6 Grey Plover , perched a bit further out . At the same time , a small flock of Ringed Plover , flew in from behind the houses , and landed on the beach
just 10 metres from where I was standing . I managed to fire off six shots before they realised I was there , and flew off further down the beach . At the time I thought I had photographed a Rock Pipit
directly behind the last house , but on looking at home , I think it is a Meadow Pipit . On returning to the car park , the sound of geese , although a good distance away beyond Leysdown was incredible ,
and once again , I only managed to photograph the middle of the flock as it flew out to sea , wheeled , and settled on the sea , seemingly between Leysdown and Warden Point . I expected to come across them on my way back to Leysdown , but didn't .
including this juvenile , which were throwing the waterfowl into panic as they passed over . My last stop was at Elmley Nature Reserve for a look along the track , with clouds building , but there was
still time for a very confiding Wheatear along the track , both male and female Stonechat amongst
the ripened seed heads , but only the male was willing to pose . At the car park , the resident House
Sparrows were in constant conversation , by the old wardens house , at least three Red Admirals were
enjoying what remained of the sunshine . In the old orchard , two LEOwls were busy at roost , one
almost completely shrouded in vegetation , but the other a little less so . Several Migrant Hawkers
were on the wing in the area , and one came to rest on one of the Shepherds Huts . On the way back
down the track , Skylarks were singing and displaying , a pair of Mute Swan were practising their
synchronised flying , a male Clouded Yellow and a Stoat that raced across the track in front of me .