... because New Year's Day itself was rainy and horrible. Today, though, was a beautiful sunny one, though there was a chill in the wind, especially in the wide open spaces of Sheppey which was where we went for a few hours this afternoon. It wasn't a stellar day for photos, so apologies in advance for that.
Being short of time (and lazy) we didn't go into the reserve but went back, to look in at a few more Sheppey spots before it got dark.
At the raptor viewpoint, the Great White Egret that has been hanging around the area showed briefly over the reedy ditch, and on the other side of the road a distant Hen Harrier bobbed up into view for a moment.
We went on to Leysdown, and paused briefly (it would have been longer if it had been up to me) to watch gulls at the sea wall, coming to hoover up some bread crusts being lobbed their way.
We finished the day at Shellness. We'd left things a bit late for much
of a walk here, but we headed south for a little while, scanning the
fields (in vain) for raptors. The beach was busy with waders though,
with plenty of Oystercatchers, Curlews, Knots, Grey Plovers, Ringed
Plovers and Dunlins all out on the mud (high tide not til 6pm, alas).