Monday, 7 August 2017

7th August 2017

I had a family trip out to the Goodwin Sands this morning with Dover Sea Safaris. Leaving Dover at 05.00, on the sands for about an hour just after 06.00. A weird and wonderful experience. I didn't expect them to be so uneven, full of channels and pools, not a low flat sandbank as they look when viewed through a scope from the cliff top. Neither did I expect so much wildlife. We knew there were seals but I estimated 250-300 Grey Seals and plenty of birds as well. Highlights were three Little Terns, a Marsh Harrier heading towards Kent, a Tufted Duck (a scarce bird in The Channel for us), a Knot, a Sanderling, seven Dunlins, 80 Sandwich Terns, 50 Common Terns, 60 Gannets, a Kittiwake and five Common Scoters.

Grey Seal (Phil Heading)
Grey Seals (Richard Heading)

My Uncle, Phil Heading, has kindly provided the images below which capture some of the beauty of this wild landscape. He even has a distant shot of Bockhill. Spot The Monument!

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