Still this suits the birds as there is plenty of water and not as much disturbance. Highlights today as follow:
Down Level - Wigeon 20, Teal 20, Shoveler 3, Gadwall 8, Tufted Duck 9 (a pb for the site), Common Gull 59, Marsh Harrier 2 (including the adult male), Water Rail 1.
Horse-eye Level - Wigeon 10, Teal 25, Gadwall 2, Hen Harrier 2 (both ringtails), Peregrine 2, Marsh Harrier 2, Water Rail 1
In addition the White Dyke Dartford put in an appearance on its usual bramble patch and I managed to get the record shot above in the rain and clag, however the Richards' was not on show and neither was the Lookers' Dartford.
Moving on to Denge Marsh the field which had earlier contained the 2 Cattle Egret now contained just Cattle. Fortunately not for long as the birds flew in and started feeding at close range allowing the video below. White Heron fever! Having to tear myself away due to the limited daylight I opted for the ARC pits over looking for geese and swans, this turned out to be another good decision as I was treated to a quality Bittern feeding in the open from the Hanson hide in the late evening sunshine. Unfortunately it was too far away to allow a good photo opportunity but the record shot above does at least convey how good it was through the scope! Also at the ARC was a single Great White Egret completing my white heron fix, and on the duck front, 10+ Goldeneye including at least 3 adult males, and a male duck with a bounty on its head, not the best overwintering choice I think. A trip to Dungeness is never complete in winter without a few sawbills and 2 redhead Goosander and a single redhead Smew rounded off a very pleasant whistle stop visit.