There has been a spate of raptor sightings nearby (Bockhill, Sutton etc) in the last couple of days, and for a change I was not completely passed by - while others have seen Osprey, Rough-Legged Buzzard and Black Kite, the bird that flew in off the sea over me today was a Red Kite - not my UK first (as the others would have been) but welcome nonetheless.Just to check that it wasn't a Black version, I boosted the exposure which revealed the lighter patterns on the under-wings.
The main aim of the walk was to see butterflies in the warm sunshine. The shingle by South Road was the most productive, with Small Copper, Common Blue and Small Blue, as well as a Broad-Bodied Chaser and a bright Cinnabar moth.
Along the rifle range were four types of white and a Clouded Yellow was also around. Later, in the garden were Speckled Woods and Holly Blues.