Around 500+ Black-tailed Godwit and 100+ Avocet were regular fixtures on East Flood as were my first two Common Snipe of the autumn. A smart adult and three Curlew Sandpiper were there as well as a winter plumage Spotted Redshank, two of my favourite waders.
I was alone, out in the open when the first clap of the thunder was heard somewhere in the near distance. And then the rain strengthened and I was stranded and a little panicked. I was probably the highest point in my immediate vicinity clinging onto a metal tripod. This was a tricky situation and not altogether sensible and well thought through. I legged it, before finding a large bush where I hunkered down, taking refuge from the bombardment of summer rain that threw down upon the Kent countryside.
Yes Black-winged Stilt, adults and juveniles. Breeding success. Bloomin' marvellous really. Wish I could have appreciated this a little more as I cast a soaked and feral soul drudging mournfully back to the car.