Rainham Marshes Jan 2019

Visited Rainham Marshes on the 1dt January to start new year list and ended up with 76 different birds on the day.  Also, i had met up with the london birders on the 4th and got close view of a water rail.  Had to visit again before getting the Short Eared Owl. Here are some photos that I took.

The reserve list is from January 1st which has all birds seen on the day.

 

 

Rainham 03/11/18

Common Snipe from the Ken Barrett Hide

Common Snipe

Grey Heron dropped in and then flew off.

Grey Heron

With the sun could see the different colours on the Lapwing

Lapwing

Robin was jumping round in the bushes.

Robin

Stonechat looking out from the top of a bush.

Stonechat

Managed to see two Cattle Egrets, this was taken on the 1st November though at Rainham.

Two Cattle Egret

Extreme distant photo of the Barn Owl in its box.

Barn Owl

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