Sunday, 11 July 2010

White-tailed Plover at Dungeness RSPB

With much thanks to my sister who tipped me off that there was a "Mega bird" at Dungeness in the form of a White tailed Plover, I whizzed off down to Dungeness for a good old -fashioned bird watching twitch tonight! When I arrived there, I thought I'd missed it, as the bird had not be seen for an hour. The bird had been hundreds of miles away in Glouceter just the previous day, so chances of seeing it seem very low. Or so I thought.. ..I decided to head back home (with the world-cup final shortly to begin), and started walking back to my car, Suddenly, a stampede of birders seemingly appeared out of no where. I then realised the bird had been refound.

My luck was with me tonight, as I saw this very elegant plover feeding out in the open often in the company of our resident Lapwings.This White-tailed plover should be at home in Iraq, Iran and Russia, but tonight it's thousands of miles away in Kent, much to the admiration of many birders who realise it could well be a once in a life time event.