Curlews have always held a fascination for me. That beak is amazing. It has to perform such accurate tasks and it looks so cumbersome to use. Have you ever watched one preening, it really is a skillful operation.
When it comes to extracting a worm out of the ground the beak must have some extremely sensitive nerves in the tip for it to be able to feel and grip the worm. I watched about a dozen on Worth Marshes in a little detour from Deal.
On my way back via East Langdon I was amused by this Pheasant. It was striding across the field, until I stopped the car, whereupon it lay down on the ground and obviously thought that it was invisible, but of course the grass was too short to hide it. A touch of the Ostrich syndrome?
A6t East Langdon I stopped at the gate of Enifer Downs form to look at the cattle. The notice says that they have a herd of Pedigree South Devons, and since I'm no expert I suppose that these are them. The brown ones are what I expected, but the very pale and grey ones are not like the ones in my I-spy book!
I thought that this looked a splendid beast, I really picturesque site in the English rural scene, but for how long? Imagine this with a background of five whining 120 metre high wind turbines, a thought that I find repulsive. Not that I'm not green, I am very much in favour of a proper strategy to combat global climate change. But these schemes will do nothing towards that end, but will make some people very much better off, while doing environmental damage.