Sunday, 28 August 2016

Rainham Marshes

Been a while but I had a walk around the reserve this morning. Very quite for passerines except goldfinches of which there were plenty. Heard three Cetti's singing and a Chiffchaff, also saw just one Whitethroat. Best action was on Aveley Pool from the second viewing platform if you walk around anti-clockwise. There were 26 Little Egrets together, a juvenile Hobby hunting above the pools, Wood, Green and 3 Common Sandpipers, 3 Ruff, 5 Common Snipe, 26 Black-tailed Godwits and 4 Greenshanks. All waders were distant at the rear of the pools and with the heat haze getting even a record shot was hopeless. Also a female Marsh Harrier appeared from the reeds occasionally.
Twelve of the 26 Little Egrets on Aveley Pools

Male Kestrel below from the viewing point just before the woodland.