Brushing up our bird identification skills!

Friday, May 10th, 2013

RSPB Reserve at Dungeness

A team of eight ecologists left London for RSPB Dungeness at the crack of dawn on Bank Holiday Sunday to test their bird-identification skills, patiently led by expert birder Paul James.

More than 50 bird species were spotted, including some rarities such as Bittern.  Other birding thrills included black-necked grebe, Mediterranean gull, avocet, marsh harrier, hobby and little tern .

Booming bittern spotted taking off!

“We were delighted with the day – great weather, great company and a stupendous number of bird species”, said Senior Ecologist Richard Gowing, who had organised the trip.

Watching a pod of porpoises close to the Power Station

Our leader with his ‘scope!

Paul James is co-author of ‘Where to Watch Birds in Kent, Surrey & Sussex’ ISBN 978-0713664201

Pictures by Naomi Forbes and Melanie Oxley

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