Friday, 31 May 2013

South Essex Marshes

Viewing from the main hide at Wat Tyler Country Park, some of the Avocet pairs now have chicks. A pair of Oystercatcher and two pairs of Common Tern appear to be sitting. A Reed Warbler showed well singing in front of the hide, and a female Pochard gave close views.
Reed Warbler

female Pochard

four Common Terns in the foreground

Moved on to Bowers Marsh, where the elusive drake Garganey was snoozing distantly on square field.

snoozing Garganey with drake Shoveler and two Avocets

Still sleeping!
Found a Ruby Tiger Phragmatobia fuliginosa along one of the trails, unfortunately this cracking looking moth was looking the worse for wear.

Ruby Tiger Phragmatobia fuliginosa

A Skylark showed well singing from a twiggy stump in the middle of a field with seeding dandylions, never did see what it spotted flying over!

skylark

Something catches it's attention!

And appears to be flying over!

A gruesome find, left on one of the trail benches, what looks like a Lapwings severed head! Not sure who the predator was, possibly Fox?

Gruesome find!