Leaving home in bright sunshine I arrived some 90 minutes later on the Isle of Sheppey to be greeted by howling winds, temperature well below zero and snow! As some of the minor roads didn't look too safe I decided to park up at the sea wall overlooking Leysdown Marshes. (I will apologize in advance for the poor quality of some of the shots but the conditions were aweful but felt the need to post something).
Brent Geese grazing fairly close to the road.
Scanning over the marsh both nearby and in the distance I noted Redshank, Dunlin, Knot, Golden Plover, Curlew, Lapwing, Mallard, Gadwall, masses of Starlings, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Black-headed, Common, Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Kestrel, Marsh Harrier plus 3 Ruff were a first for 2010.
Looking in the other direction over the sea wall with a very strong northerly wind in my face it was difficult to keep the camera still and focus as various gulls danced above the incoming waves.
A party of Turnstones decided to have a 'wash and brush up' while a Redshank probed for a meal.
Another 2010 first - A Sanderling pecking into a shell. (Short heavily cropped)
On the Fleet I added Teal, Shoveller, Coot, Moorhen and Shelduck. Way out over the marshes I spied two more Marsh Harriers and some Swans, probably Mute but too far away to identify.
A lonely Lapwing searches for a meal
After a bit of sunshine my return route over the hill is now nearly clear of snow and I head homeward after a wild, windy day on the Isle of Sheppey. FAB.