|A juvenile Great Northern Diver which spent nearly three months around the life-boat station - 2003|
|An adult Shag - ringed on the Isle of May - returned for three |
successive winters to the same pontoon in the Inner Harbour
I make no claim to have made discoveries beyond the knowledge of current science, but I did regularly find myself amazed by the diversity of birdlife that could be found within the boundaries of this, most, industrial site. Could this pattern still continue? I am no longer able to offer an answer - I haven't visited the harbour in over a year! What I can say is that the fishing fleet and ferries still operate and the off-shore wind farms have added to the craft which ply their trade from this historic port. I do not have a "harbour list" - although I feel I probably should, but can recall many highlights from the start of the new decade. I think the first real star was a juvenile Great Northern Diver, which remained around the lifeboat station for much of the winter - my photos were digi-scoped using a 2-mega pixel Nikon CP 775.
|Yellow-legged Gull - Ramsgate Harbour|
|1st winter Caspian Gull - Ramsgate Main Beach (right behind the Casino building)|
Because the birds are familiar with the comings and goings of the human visitors, they tend to be at ease with close approach - a fantastic opportunity for the naturalist/photographer.
|One of the most important discoveries I have made - an adult winter "ommissus" Herring Gull (Marsh Gull)|
(The first individual ever photographed in Kent?)
So please make an effort to search your Google "thingame-bob" to locate Mark's Harbour Master blog, but even more importantly, if you ever find yourselves at a loose end - check out the wildlife that shares the industrial sites where you are - I'm sure you'll be surprised by the diversity to be found.