Minsmere 29/10/18

It was a bit of a wet day at Minsmere (29/10/18), managed to get this photo of a rainbow between the showers.

Rainbow

Young Mute Swan was standing near the path and said hello.

Mute Swan

A Bittern was stalking in the reeds from the Isle of Mere Hide

Bittern

Took a drive to Southwold to see the Red Breasted Flycatcher.

Red Brested Flycatcher

At the end of the day we were searching for a Yellow Browed Warbler, did not find one.  Did some sea watching and saw Velvet Scoter, Eider, Oystercatcher, Cormorant and Common Scoter fying out at sea.  Despite the weather had a good day out.

 

 

Ticthwell 26/10/18

Did a bit of sea watching at Titchwell, had fantastic display of 12 Pomarine Skua flying around.  Below are some of the birds that I saw from the beach.

Sea

Managed to see a Purple Sandpiper also running around at the waters edge.

Purple Sandpiper

Got to see Pink Footed Geese to add to my year list.

Pink Footed Geese

There were also many Brent Geese feeding.

Brent Geese

Had an impressive fly over of geese in a formation of a V.

Flying V

A Little Egret catching something to eat.

Little Egret Splash

Had a good view through our scope of two Red Kites flying over, was a good end to the day.

 

Beluga Whale

Saturday (29/09/18) was a day of a few rare treats, we were hunting for the Beluga Whale, but it had moved further down the Thames.  Managed though to see several  Clouded Yellow Butterflies.

Clouded Yellow
Clouded Yellow
Clouded Yellow

Then went to Tilbury Fort to track down the Beluga Whale.

Beluga Whale TIlbury Fort

Beluga Whale – Tilbury Fort

I managed to see it at Coalhouse Fort on Wednesday but my dad missed it.  Only managed to get a photo with its back just about showing out of the water.

Beluga Whale CoalHouse Fort

Beluga Whale – Coalhouse Fort

Then it was onto Rainham Marshes to find the Pectoral Sandpiper and about 45 minutes of waiting it turned up and was feeding along the waters edge.

Pectoral Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

Hyde Park 2018

It was a wet day in Hyde Park for Chris Packhams People’s Walk for Wildlife on 22nd September 2018  He spoke how we all need to do our part to help nature, including all sorts of animals and plants from parks, our gardens, countryside and farms.

He also said about the Peoples Manifesto for Wildlife, giving a set of ideas that would make a huge difference tomorrow for our wildlife.

Peoples Manifesto for Wildlife
Peoples Manifesto for Wildlife

Whilst at the park I noticed some Ring Necked Parakeets and lots of Pigeons taking cover in a tree from the rain.

Here are some pictures of the crowd on the walk from the day . There must have been thousands of people marching to Downlng Street.

Hopefully it will make a difference.