Tuesday, 10 February 2009

I See You Baby

After the torrential rain and gale force winds of last night today became calm by late morning.

I did see this Kestrel sitting quietly, as it was relishing the better conditions.

Down in the Bay I found this Pied Wagtail. It had obviously had a close shave with death. My guess would be a Sparrowhawk or possibly a Kestrel, either way all it ended up with would have been a claw full of feathers.

Even with out the tail it still went through the "wagging" motion, and this looked quite funny, it reminded me of the Groove Armada song "I see you baby"

I see you baby, shakin that ass, shakin that ass, shakin that ass,
I see you baby, shakin that ass, shakin that ass, shakin that ass.

There was little around and I popped down to Samphire Hoe, hoping the Little Owl that's been showing at a hole i the cliff would be there so I could have a go at digi-scoping it. It wasn't, but I did have a good chinwag with the Paul Hold and Phil Smith.

As I left there was a pair of Stonechats by the road on the way out of the car park.

In the distance to shape of Dungeness PS was silouetted against the evening sky. Thats about 30.5 Km away, too far to see the Caspian Gull that was there today!


Geoff said...

I have seen three birds this week with missing tail feathers,Long Tailed Tits and Rose-ringed Paraqueet, do you think they may have got their tails "iced-in" overnight?

Tony Morris said...

I can't be certain but I think a predator, be it bird or cat, is the most likely cause.