Friday, 28 August 2015

Rainham Marshes

Spent most of yesterday at Rainham, still a good selection of waders including 32 Black-tailed Godwits, 5 Ruff too far away to photograph today, as were all the waders, 2 Common and 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, didn't see any shanks today but there were 3 Snipe. Still fair numbers of Chiffchaffs, Whitethroats and Blackcaps and a couple of Reed Warblers and Lesser Whitthroats. Could only see 1 Yellow Wagtail on targets feeding close to the cattle, while two a male & female Wheatears were along the foreshore. Plenty of Swallows & Martins but no Swifts seen today.

Had a go at some close-up photography but the wind at times made it difficult, well that is my excuse!
Holly Blue in Cordite

Holly Blue in Cordite

male Dolichopodidae of the genus Argyra

Speckled Wood in the Cordite

Small Tortoiseshell near Targets viewing platform

Bombus pascuorum? I think taken near the targets viewing platform
Small Tortoiseshell near targets viewing platform

Migrant Hawker male dragonfly sculpture pool

Migrant Hawker taken at the dragonfly sculpture pol

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

It's a ruff hobby!

Spent the morning at RSPB Rainham Marshes and managed to escape before the rain came, just!

Highlights included 2 Wheatear, 6 Yellow Wagtail, a Whimbrel on the foreshore early morning, Kingfisher, 5 Common and 1 Green Sandpiper, 27 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 4 very obliging Ruff and Barn Owl in the entrance of it's box.
Two of the four Ruff





Friday, 7 August 2015

Field Grasshopper

So, I watching these two Common Field Grasshoppers Chorthippus brunneus making out in my garden, as you do! Well at least I think they were a pair.
When along came a third grasshopper!

And an orgy ensued!

Saturday, 1 August 2015

London Ramble

This morning I joined the Havering and East London Ramblers for a walk in London. We met at Tower Hill station for a walk along the Thames and around Holborn finishing at Blackfriars station. Around 30 walkers met for the four and a half mile ramble, a really friendly group with good conversation and I saw parts of London I never knew existed let alone visited!

They walked at a steady pace and at times we were disappearing among the thousands of people visiting our capital. This made taking photos tricky, as I didn't want to fall off the back of the group and lose them either among the hordes or as they veered off down a backstreet! So once the walk was over I back-tracked a little to take a few pictures.

Hodge was one of Samuel Johnson's cat
Although there is little known about Hodge, such as his life, his death, or any other information, what is known is Johnson's fondness for his cat, which separated Johnson from the views held by others of the eighteenth century.

Prudential ride London event
Some 70,000 riders of all ages and abilities descended on London for their once-a-year chance to freewheel on 10 miles of the capital’s traffic-free roads. This year, the route takes in the Strand and Lincoln’s Inn Fields, and offers a rare chance to ride past Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral and Trafalgar Square.

St Paul's Cathedral

The Blackfriar

The Millennium Bridge

RSPB were outside Tate Modern showing visitors and me the peregrines

Shakespear's Globe Theatre
The Globe Theatre was a theatre in London associated with William Shakespeare. It was built in 1599 by Shakespeare's playing company, the Lord Chamberlain's Men, on land owned by Thomas Brend and inherited by his son, Nicholas Brend and grandson Sir Matthew Brend, and was destroyed by fire on 29 June 1613. A second Globe Theatre was built on the same site by June 1614 and closed in 1642.

A modern reconstruction of the Globe, named "Shakespeare's Globe", opened in 1997 approximately 750 feet (230 m) from the site of the original theatre.

Southwark Bridge

Southwark Bridge, in the background just left of centre is the Leadenhall Building with the Gherkin just peaking out behind it!

The Golden Hind
The Golden Hind was an English galleon best known for her circumnavigation of the globe between 1577 and 1580, captained by Sir Francis Drake. She was originally known as Pelican, but was renamed by Drake mid-voyage in 1578, as he prepared to enter the Strait of Magellan, calling her Golden Hind to compliment his patron, Sir Christopher Hatton, whose crest was a golden 'hind'.