A rosy glow

Two consecutive days, two notable birds. It has become a Dungeness mantra that, this late in the spring, each birding day will be about that one solitary highlight - and so it has been. Yesterday it was Martin C's Honey-buzzard that took the plaudits. Today, with due respects to that raptor, it fell to a far more exotic bird to take centre stage - an exquisite adult male Rose-coloured Starling, all pale salmon pinks, shaggy crest and pink-tipped bill. After giving us the run-a-round for most of the afternoon it decided to show well this evening, near Hooker's Pit on the RSPB reserve. A truly stunning individual. And there was another rarity at Dungeness today - a genuinely hot and sunny day without a breath of wind... scorchio!!

Comments

Gibster said…
Reckon you'll still be there Saturday...maybe Sunday too.
Arjun Dutta said…
Hi Steve,
Love your blog.
I went to Dungeness yesterday for the first time, and after speaking to a group of birders about the Rose-coloured (possibly) found it by the road between where it was originally seen in the morning and the visitor centre, with a group of Common starlings at about 4:30pm.
When was it found again in the afternoon?
Arjun
Steve Gale said…
Back home now Seth, after another day of goodies...
Steve Gale said…
Thank you for your kind words Arjun! I read your blog post about your day trip to Dungeness and it sounds very much like you did see the bird. You took some marvellous photographs during your visit - great stuff!

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