Thursday, 16 May 2013

Rainham Marshes

Spent the day out on the marshes, warm and sunny for most of the day with some cloud cover late afternoon. Plenty of warblers singing all around the reserve, the interesting waders seen during the last couple of days, had moved on, probably triggered by the improved weather. Three Whimbrel at the end of the day over high tide in Aveley Bay were the exception. Highlights of the day were five Hobbies feeding together over Wennington Marsh, a fly through Common Buzzard and a drake Garganey distantly from the northern boardwalk. Other species seen included one each of Marsh Harrier, Kingfisher, Common Lizard and four Water Voles.

Had my first attempts at phonescoping, out of many taken these two were just about usable, hopefully more practice will see improvements. I used an iPhone 4s, Swarovski 80 HD scope with a 2-50x lens and a Kowa adapter which fits nicely.

distant Garganey phonescoped
 
Whimbrel in Aveley Bay, phonescoped