For a few weeks a flock of Scoter have been on the sea a few hundred metres off the end of Deal Pier.They are really too far out to photo and I should have taken my telescope out to the end of the pier to see them properly.
In the shimmering light the white cliffs at Kingsdown stood out and the monument could be seen well to the right and the coast swings south west after the headland at Kingsdown.
As I was scanning three ducks flew along in front of the main flock and as luck would have it their white wing patches were clearly visible.
These were three of the Velvets that I'd been looking for. Once they landed in the sea amongst the rest of the ducks I wasn't able to pick them out. I will have to return when the lights better and take my scope. Who knows what might get attracted to a flock of sea duck. They obviously have a food source out there so the area could have some potential.
Along at the Restharrow Scrape I was watching a Snipe in the corner of the reeds when something stirred behind it.
It foraged along the edge of the water for a while.