Smew, Long-eared Owl and Marsh Harrier at Dungeness RSPB - and was that a scaup????

RSPB  Dungeness is a great reserve although it must be said that it can be a tad bleak....

Bleak!

The sunshine lasted for 5 minutes - I had about 1 minute to photograph the owl before the clouds rolled in and the rain began....
The directions given by the lady at the visitor center were precise and accurate however so we had little trouble finding the long-eared owl on the far side of `the dipping pool`. Getting a good shot was tricky however due to the gale-force wind! MANY photographs were taken!

All the same.....
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Long-eared Owl.
We knew there were likely to be smew on the reserve but experience had taught me that they were always on the far side of the big (very big) lake....

Enter first hide...

"Good God it`s a smew!"

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Next hide - `we never see anything from this one` - ahem....
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The Marsh Harrier that `put-up` the lapwing were a great footnote to a truly memorable day at this iconic reserve. 

The horizontal rain was not so welcome though....

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That is a lake, not the sea!
O yes - the scaup. Today (29th December) we watched two female great scaup at The Rushy Pen, Slimbridge WWT. I will have to have ANOTHER look at the photographs of that not-scaup/tufted before I delete them...

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