Thursday, 15 June 2017

City Airport 3/6/17

With Ramune and Kristina going off to Woolwich for the day I remembered a number of Terns being present last year,So I decided to go along to the ferry port with them to do some photo's but on arrival not 1 tern in sight.
With the sun blazing I went a walk to City Airport where I knew there was terns but didn't know if I would have access to the docks but I did but under the watchful eye of the security cameras and police.
I stayed for several hours just enjoying the close encounters with the Common Terns until the heat started getting to me and started on a few mile walk back to Beckton.

A enjoyable day along with sunburn

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Rainham Marsh 6/5/17

Today I decided on a walk around Rainham,with the weather not starting off great but was to brighten up in the afternoon.
On Arrival we started of with a Coffee as always while I looked at the scrapes I could already see Whimbrel down there,So we set off clockwise around the reserve making our first stop at Purfleet Hide where I counted 9 Whimbrel in total and a lone Greenshank.
We continued with our walk and encountered a family with children throwing stones into the water ect with no interest in the Wildlife so there was no chance of photographing the Water Voles.
We reached Target Hide where I could see 2 of the 3 Wood Sandpipers which was nice along with a Male and Female Marsh Harrier.
We left here and again the family was back in front of us so I decided to turn back and walk the River path instead which was a better choice have a Hobby hunting Martins and a Male Cuckoo.
The tide was going out so exposed mud attracted waders which included a nice breeding plumage Knot,Grey Plover,Dunlin,Bar and Black-tailed Godwit along with Common Redshank.
Just before we reached the tip a Short-eared Owl got up giving us some nice views but no sign of the Ring Ouzels but we did hear the singing Quail which was very vocal but wouldn't break cover.