I'd taken my camera with me, as I'd started the day in the back garden failing to get any usable shots of Swifts - the first time this year that I've heard their fantastic trilling scream as they tear about the skies over Dumpton. The Deal Pier breakfast was OK, but nothing better! I suggest you go there and make your own opinion - don't allow me to stop you from enjoying the experience. What was rather interesting was the fact that there is still quite a sizable flock of Scoter (Common Scoter) present off the end of the pier; I'm surprised that they haven't departed for their breeding grounds, further to the north.
It was in Sarah's garden that I had my first chance to grab a few images of the mini-beasts that share our spaces. The Hoverfly, Rhingia campestris, was a species that I'd seen here in 2012 - so I was delighted to get my first chance to get decent images of this very distinct species.
|A distinctive hoverfly (Rhingia campestris) - the extended "beak" making it a very noticeable insect.|
The day continued to provide photo opportunities - there was a very confiding cock Pheasant in the church yard and I grabbed a few images of a "Cerceris" wasp sp. (?) when I found one enjoying the warmth in the lea of some dense track side vegetation - wasps are certainly a fascinating group.
|Wasp sp. - a Cerceris sp. ? - I have photographed a very similar insect in Turkey (Oct 2012)|
The lack of simple id info is a frustration, but not the end of the world!