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Thursday, 14 January 2016

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Another short session at Ramsgate Harbour in the company of the immature Great Northern Diver provided me with much better photo opportunities, although the light remained grey and flat. The bird was frequenting the area directly behind the Maritime Museum and seemed very much at ease with my presence. I watched it catch a couple of crabs - all very pleasant as I clicked away merrily. The Steve Ashton's of this world would be able to capture some fantastic detail, although I'm not unhappy with my own results. The list crept up to 70 with the addition of Dark-bellied Brent Goose - a skein of 40 - ish flying past Ramsgate Main Beach en route to their roost in Pegwell Bay to the west. There was a biting W-SW wind, gusting over 40 mph at times - man that felt cold. Just goes to show how mild we've had it, the car display registered 5C and didn't I know it - the first time I've got really cold all winter.




7 comments:

  1. Nothing wrong with those photos Dyl, they tell us everything we need to know about the bird. There's always somebody who can do better.

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    1. Thanks Derek - they make me happy and are plenty good enough to accompany the offerings on this particular blog. I do, however, recognise that there are far superior image takers plying their trade in this same medium. I'm not particularly worried by this state of affairs, because I can be confident that not one of them has ever caught an eel in January! We can't be good at everything, can we? Dyl

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  2. That's very true and very funny Dyl.

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  3. Top picture is top drawer Dyl.

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  4. Don't diss these images Dylan, there is nothing wrong with them at all. Image results depend mainly on the light available to you. The trouble with you photographers are you are too fussy (lol) As to eels in January, when we were shavers we crept down behind the Chislet colliery and night fished the Stour. All I ever caught was eels, horrible little bootlaces that tied themselves in knots around your line. That was all months during the year. P.S We never adhered to fishing season's then. Come to think about it, we never had rod and line licences either. I do recall a Black Prince reel, no good but cheap in those days. Keep up the blogging, some interesting stories and always a good read. Happy New Year and say hello to Gadget, I do not have his number anymore. Regards Steve A.

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    1. Steve, cheers for this. Sorry I have taken so long to reply - much going on behind the scenes in Dumpton Manor. I too owned an Intrepid Black Prince fishing reel when I was a young boy, replacing it with the superior Prince Regent as my interest grew. As far as I am aware, eels were never covered by the close season ruling due to the fact that they don't breed in our lakes, ponds and rivers. Obviously local by-laws might say otherwise? I'll pass on your message to Gadget when next I see him - might bump into you some time during the Spring when I get out to do some birding again! Dyl

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