Apologies for the long gap between this post and my last one. I have two visits to Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve to report - neither yielded any astounding wildlife sightings but both were pretty enjoyable. The first visit was last Sunday, September 29th, on a pleasant day of hazy sunshine. But before that, on 23rd...
OK, on to Sunday. I spent most of my time in Willow hide (again). On arrival the Little Egret was perched high in a tree on the far side but it flew off without presenting me with any photo opportunities.
That lot aside, there wasn't much going on here. No waders (still). The usual crowd of Teals. A few Jays to-ing and fro-ing overhead.
We headed first for Carter hide. The usual tranquil scene greeted us, but little in the way of birds. A lone Coot was feeding in a desultory way in front of the hide, and a family of Long-tailed Tits were working their way along the left-hand shore. A Jay and a couple more Jays flew in above the Long-taileds and squawked loudly from their hidden spot. A pair of Mallards drifted along, the male fully out of eclipse and doing the courtship head-bobbing thing, which the female ignored. I can't remember if we saw a Kingfisher from this hide, but we certainly saw one (briefly) by the near shore as we continued on to Willow hide.
As we walked down from Willow to Tyler hide, it began to rain rather hard, and I was glad to take refuge in a deserted hide and spend a bit of time enjoying the view in dryness and comfort while the poor birds got rained on. The experience was considerably enhanced by a slice of truly superlative chocolate cake which my companion had thoughtfully provided :)
ETA - thanks Greenie for ID - Sulphur Tuft looks like a good call to me.
So not the best day weatherwise but a really enjoyable walk around, and lots of nice autumnal stuff going on. Plus more Kingfisher sightings than I've ever had here. Thanks Penny for a great morning and excellent cake :)