Advent nature table day 21

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I did set out meaning to do 8-10 miles this morning, but the weather gradually turned nasty (as you can see from the declining light levels as the photos progress) and I didn’t fancy getting soaked again. So just 5.3 miles, and that was extremely slow as I had my binoculars and kept getting distracted.

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View up the Swale (link goes to Kent Wildlife Trust film of the Swale starring a few items from the nature table) with Sheppey on the right. Round about here I saw a marsh harrier (but looking the other way, inland). Quite difficult to keep in sight as it was hunting along the drainage ditches.

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And in the middle of the channel between the mainland and Sheppey is a sand bar called Horse Sands, and those dots are seals, I would guess at between 50-100.

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The sands (mudflats really) were full of oyster catchers and various other birds with long beaks, including some curlews. A bit further along there was an egret, and a large crowd of lapwings just sitting quietly together.

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As my swimming and wrestling skills are not up to bringing home a seal for the nature table (nor is the sink big enough to keep one in) I found more egg cases: some more rays and that of the common whelk.

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