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Saturday, 5 March 2011

RSPB Northward Hill

Yesterday, having just returned from a fortnight abroad on business, and seeing the excellent weather forecast, I took the day off work and traveled to RSPB Northward Hill in Kent. This was my first visit to this reserve, and I 'll be going again soon I hope.

Northward Hill is famous for its Herons, and although it is a little too early for them to begin nesting (that should change in a few weeks from now), there are already at least 60 present. I hope to revisited in late March or in April though, to see the roosts.

There were also plenty of raptors to be seen on the reserve, including a good number of Kestrels:

...and a Buzzard too:

 ...along with small mammals, hiding in bushes:

 This next one was taken just before sunset at the feeders near the car park. Great sunset, and all in all some excellent weather all day long. Could spring be coming?

Finally, a pair of collared doves, presumably they'll start nesting soon too.

A great reserve, all the better on a week day - it was so quiet!


  1. Great photos :) Really hope it is the start of Spring.

  2. Hi,

    The above photographer of the bird is very nice. Northward Hill is an excellent woodland for birds. Thanks a lot...

    Wildlife Photographer