Saturday, 30 December 2017

A walk in Central Park

Quite a dull day with little to see, but our dog enjoyed the walk and I did manage a couple of images mainly of her and by the way I still need to perfect photographing small quick moving mammals!
Lesser Black-backed Gull adult

Coco at full tilt!

It was certainly windy enough for a spot of kite flying!

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Boxing Day at Cely Wood

It was a gloriously sunny day and I knew I just had to go for a walk somewhere! I got in my car and just drove with no destination even considered! Hence I arrived at Cely Wood today by chance, I have been there before but a good few years back.

The car park was busy, no I'll rephrase that it was full, but I managed to squeeze my little Picasso into a tiny spot. The weather and the need to walk off yesterday's over indulgences meant that it was not only dog walkers but also what appeared to be family groups enjoying the December sunshine in a pleasant place for walking.

Surrounded by the ancient Warwick and White Post Woodlands, Cely Woods is home to meadows, a small wetland and many newly planted native trees. It has an excellent network of paths - many of them all-ability - and has a rich habitat including a stream straddle by a wooden bridge.

I struggled to photograph any birds but was pleased to see a Red Admiral on Boxing Day enjoying the sunshine too!

Monday, 11 December 2017

Rainham - A snowy walk along the seawall

Probably the first time in four years we have woken up to a covering of snow and it was still snowing as I made my way to Rainham. I parked in the small car park at the east end of the landfill site and walked east, a pair of Stonechat were feeding beside the seawall footpath and always stayed a safe distance ahead of me.

Looking east from the car prk

A pair of Stonechat always stayed one step ahead of me

Goldfinch finding dropped dock seeds in the snow

Carrion Crow looking a little bedragled

Shaking off the excess snow!

Gorse and snow

A confiding Stonechat right beside the car park as I was leaving!

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Along the seawall at Rainham

Spent a couple of hours along the seawall at Rainham Marshes this morning. A frosty start with sub zero temperatures, blue sky and sunshine disappeared around mid morning and as I left soon after 11am it began snowing!
Stonechat there was a pair at the back of Aveley Bay
Sparrowhawk panicked the teal and wigeon briefly 

AStarling small flock feeding along the tideline

small craft zips by!

small number of Fieldfares seen

Monday, 27 November 2017

Pulborough Brooks in West Sussex

Along with members from RSPB Havering and North-east London local groups, I spent the day at Pulborough Brooks on Saturday. If you are squeamish look away now, but it is not often you get to witness nature 'Red in tooth and claw' a Kestrel had caught a vole and proceeded to devour it on a fence post in front of me!

View from beside the visitor centre, not bad eh?

There are some stunning views across the rserve

Kestrel with prey 

Friday, 24 November 2017

Turtle doves 'nearing UK extinction because of farming practices!'

Are we nearing the end of seeing and hearing turtle doves in the UK? I sincerely hope not and so does the rspb. Read about the work they are doing to understand and reverse their dramatic decline HERE

I took the two images below at EWT's Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve back in 2014.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

RSPB Titchwell Marsh

On Saturday I traveled with members of Havering RSPB Local Members group to Titchwell on the north Norfolk coast. We left Romford at 7.30am and after a few unexpected diversions we arrived at the reserve around 11am. The weather was looking good with some blue sky and sunshine as we headed through the reserve towards the beach.

Brent Geese

There were good numbers of Brent Geese around mainly of the dark-bellied form and around twenty species of wading birds some showing very well. It was great to get the chance to compare Bar and Black-tailed Godwits close up.


Bar-tailed Godwit 
Black-tailed Godwit

Riding the waves 

Bar-tailed Godwit

Bar-tailed Godwit 
Bar-tailed Godwit

It was a great day with lots to see and among good company. The next trip is to Pulborough Brooks another RSPB reserve this time in Sussex.