Tag: Kent

08/03/19. Elmley NNR, part 2. Lapwings.

At about 5:30am the lapwings seem to be most noticeable.   They are wonderfully beautiful birds – iridescent green on their upper wings, white below; a “fascinator” on top of their heads. This time of year the male spends a lot of time showing off its aerobatic skills, sometimes alone, but also with other males. ...

08/03/19. Elmley NNR. Gulls and more just before sunrise.

Elmley National Nature Reserve is in Kent, on the Isle of Sheppey.   It is a very large area of water and marshland, and absolutely full of birds. The recording below is from just before sunrise (so, around 6am), and is dominated by the sounds of black-headed gulls.   Other birds include Canada geese, mallards, ...