Quite an unprecedented day for me and Honey Buzzards today. The weather was warm and the winds were light and from the South east. I was Down in Dover visiting a friend for a walk and picked up a HB over his garden in west Dover, F’ing and blinding whilst running to get my bins and camera and by the time I was looking at it again there were two! A female and a very smart male. I watched the birds gaining height perhaps 1km inland from the port of Dover for a couple of minutes and eventually the they departed in separate directions with the male heading west and the female North east.
Fast forward a couple of hours and myself Amy and our friends were walking at low tide between Shakespere beach and Samphire hoe when the Gulls started going crazy and I Looked up to see another point blank female HB getting mobbed 25 metres above my Head – SHITTTTT THE BED!!!!!
Another scrabble to get my camera out whilst the bird fled the corvid + Larid attack. Presumably just fresh ‘in off’. Welcome to england.
It must have been a decent day for Honey Buzzards with another 3/4 seen across Kent today. Other things of note were 9 Crossbills east, a singing Black Redstart and many cliff nesting house martins at the base of the cliffs along the coast. A great day.