On Bank Holiday Monday, I made the most of a sunny (though coolish) morning with a few hours at Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve. I got home thinking I'd not seen a lot, but a look through the photos showed that it had actually been OK, all things considered.
On around the reserve, via Carter hide. Here, almost a year to the day since the last time it happened, a Kingfisher flew in and settled on one of the two perches right in front of the hide window, almost as soon as I'd sat down. It was only there for a moment, and in any case my 420mm is too much lens for a photo at such close range. I took off the teleconverter and waited hopefully for a repeat performance, but it was not to be.
Some of the hirundines. There were lots of Sand Martins and only a few House Martins. Sorry for the particular fuzziness of the last shot, but these two Sandies seemed to be engaged in a mid-air food exchange - a behaviour I've not seen in this species before.
In the afternoon, Rob and I went down to Shoreham, grabbing Michele on the way. Our goal was to find some of the Wall Lizards that live on and around Shoreham Fort. The Wall Lizard is a continental species, but has been introduced in a few places along the south coast and seems to like it here.
Done with lizards, we walked along the harbour arm and back again, seeing a few Turnstones and a Little Egret on the way. Then we began the drive home, but stopped off for a short walk over the marshes from Rodmell, a village near Lewes.