Wendy and I took a long walk round New Hythe Lakes on Sunday. Being a sunny day it was very busy and the amount of wildlife was down.
had the usual Coots, a few
Mute Swans, Moorhens and Mallards, also
a pair of White Ducks (Aylesburys? White Mallards? Domestic? I know not which
category they fit into). Greylag Geese were also around in increased numbers.
The Dipping Pool had nothing other than Coots and Black Headed Gulls, the
stroll round its north side provided sightings of Great Tits, Blue Tits, Long
Tailed Tits and Chaffinches. Ocean
|Mute Swan - Canon 400D + 100-400mm|
The stroll between Streamside and Railway was peculiarly silent, a few Tufted Ducks and Great Crested Grebes joined the Coots on both lakes and other than the Blue, Great and Long Tailed Tits the only sightings on the path were a Wren and a Dunnock. The highlight of the day was a Kingfisher I saw briefly on the far side of Streamside. We went down to Brooklands Cafe where we ate our sandwiches watching 3 Pied Wagtails, a couple of Robins and several rabbits on the grass.
|Pied Wagtail - Canon 400D + 100-400mm|
After lunch we went round Brooklands Lake seeing Coots, Tufted Ducks, Black Headed Gulls and a couple of Great Crested Grebes. Walking through the Marsh we heard a couple of unsighted Ceti’s Warblers but not a lot else. This was probably due to several Motor Boats ploughing up and down the Medway, with the tide as high as it was their wash was coming over the footpath in places and one boat in particular wanted the world to know they were having fun!
|Grey Herons - Canon 400D + 100-400mm|
|Grey Heron - Canon 400D + 100-400mm|
|Great Crested Grebe - Canon 400D + 100-400mm|
|Black Headed Gull - Canon 400D + 100-400mm|