After learning by way of social media (thanks Phil S) about the presence of a female Goosander at Kearsney Abbey in Dover, I decided on a visit. Only a fairly smallish duck pond but for an hour I could not find the bird. Sitting on a felled tree stump on the pond edge I saw plenty of over friendly ducks, 2 not so friendly Little Grebes and eventually a far from friendly female Goosander. She swam from the overhanging vegetation on one island to the overhanging vegetation of a second island and that was that. Very wary of people the bird shied away and could only be seen deep in the shadows of the overhanging vegetation but I was able to get a few images as she crossed the pond. In my opinion a very smart looking Sawbill.
Also seen whilst in the grounds of Kearsney Abbey were 2 or 3 Kingfishers and at least four Grey Wagtails. A Common Buzzard was seen high overhead when I was waiting for the Goosander to put in an appearance.
Just down the road at De Bradelei Wharf in the dock complex, another Sawbill in the shape of a female Red-Breasted Merganser has taken up residence. Quite why it has decided to choose this location is a bit of a mystery but by accounts, it seems to of been there for well over a month now. Given the location it was very easy to find and I have been twice over the past few weeks to have a look. Although vaguely similiar in appearance to the Goosander it's easy to tell the differences.
My other outings of late, (which due to the weather conditions have been very few) has been in pursuit of what seems at the moment to be a glut of Short-Eared Owls. I have been lucky and had superb views of these birds as they have hunted over The Cinque Ports Golf Course at Sandwich Bay, sometimes having them overhead and just metres from my camera lens.