• Sim Elliott

Rye Harbour on a sunny winter afternoon; and possibly a Greater Scaup. 10.12.21

I arrived at Rye Harbours Nature Reserve at 13.00; the sun was already low in the sky.


As I walled into the reserve I saw these House Sparrows back-lit by the sun.

and these Mallards


On the New Saltmarsh, a Little Egret opposite the new Discovery Centre. 30 minutes before there had been a Spoonbill in this gulley; according to other birders - but it had gone. I looked for it round the reserve; but didn't see it.


Probably a Grey Plover


Oystercatchers on the Flat Beach - where they always are!


Environment Agency trucks moving shingle from East to Wets, to ameliorate the impact of the year's longshore drift; and Oystercatchers


For an explanation of longshore drift, see: What is longshore drift? - Internet Geography


Lapwings in flight above the Flat Beach


Oystercatchers (Flat Beach)


Dungeness nuclear power station; just to the east of Rye Harbour and built on the same area of vegetated shingle


Redshanks


A Little Egret with neck stretched

The same Little Egret as above (Flat Beach)


Oystercatchers (Flat Beach)


Digger, levelling of the shingle that has been bought form further east at Rye Harbour / Winchelsea Beach


Herring Gull


World War 2 'Pill Box"'; looking east. See: Pillboxes | Rye Harbour Nature Reserve (sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk)


Beach


Ternary Pool, from the Crittal Hide


Lapwings and Oystercatchers


Little Grebe




Lapwings


Little Grebe


The Denny Hide (looking east)



Cormorants


The Moon (14:39)


Dungeness nuclear power station (looking east)


Tufted Duck pair (male: block and white; female: brown); on the Ternary Pool, from the Parkes Hide


Cormorants over the Ternary Pool (where they typically roost)


Ducks (Wigeon?) - Salt Pool


Redshank - New Saltmarsh


Cormorants over the New Saltmarsh


Mallards


Lapwings - over Salt Pool


Wigeon in the Salt Pool


Female Stonechat on the Salt Pool fence


Lapwings in the Salt Pool

Teal (?) on the Salt Pool


Lapwings over the Salt Pool


Redshank - New Salt Marsh


Winf Turbines


Flat Beach from the Denny Hide


Possible a female Greater Scaup - or a female Tufted Duck


Wigeon (Flat Beach)


Egyptian Geese landing - 1

Egyptian Geese landing - 2

Egyptian Geese landing - 3


Wigeon


The Discovery Centre


Red Shank - New Salt Marsh


Little Egret over the New Saltmarsh

same Little Egret, flying past Discovery Centre


Wigeon, getting out of the water - Salt Pool


Magpie - Salt Pool


Ducks (New Saltmarsh)


Little Egret


Curlews - New Saltmarsh


Curlews over the New Saltmarsh


Dick and Redshank - New Saltmarsh


Shelducks - New Saltmarsh


Mallard


Mart Stanford Lifeboat House; toward Winchelsea Beach


Little Egret - New Saltmarsh


From inside the Discovery Centre


From outside the Discovery Centre; Fairlight Cliffs in the background.



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