Tuesday, 25 July 2017

To Hackney and back!

Amazing how time flies as I am already in to my fourth week since leaving Froglife! Anyway today I went back in to the office in Hackney to meet Emily for lunch. This was our delayed farewell meal as Emily was off poorly during my last week. It was great to catch up with her and to see her feeling much better.

Decided I'd walk my usual route along the Regents Canal to Mile End only to find the towpath was closed a third of the way along. I followed the diversion but ended up back on the wrong canal or Duckett's Canal! This is a short piece of canal that connects the Regent Canal to the Lee Navigation and as I rounded a bend there looming large in front of me was the Olympic Stadium and the Orbit! It was only then that I realised I was following the wrong canal doh!
Regents Canal

Me being arty!

Victoria Park arty again, sorry!

Hertford Union Canal

#3 Canal Cottage

Olympic Stadium

The Orbit

The Aquatic Centre

You wouldn't get me up there!

Fun Park with a beach in it's centre!

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Rainham - A breezy rove!

Yesterday was the reserve's late night opening and I had all good intentions of spending the day and evening out on the marshes. Alas by late afternoon I was starting to flag and booked my lift home! It was a breezy but enjoyable walk around the reserve and amazingly (in the wind) a juvenile Bearded Tit actually showed itself briefly at the top of a reed stem!
Looking along the River Thames towards London

The Mardyke Bridge leads straight to the RSPB Centre

CELESTINE - Ro-Ro Cargo Ship built in 1996 she is a whopping 163m in length!

A splash of colour in the wildlife garden

An Egyptian Goose from 'Butts Hide'

Damn I think it's seen me!

Little Egret in spin-dry mode!

Red Admiral

Common Lizard

Bearded Tit with lunch!

You gotta love Little Grebes and their humbug like young!

This youngster was being fed a small fish

Another juvenile, any ideas.........well one of it's parents is below!

Adult Goldfinch

Monday, 17 July 2017

Rainham - a butterfly day!

Walked the circular route of the reserve yesterday in a clockwise direction. But before I started I spent 15 minutes or so in the wildlife garden. watching Commas, Red Admirals, Peacocks and Holly Blue butterflies.


Red Admiral



Feeding with the butterflies was Volucella zonari Hornet Mimic Hoverfly

Hornet Mimic and Comma, you can see it is a big beast!

Loads of Gatekeepers around the reserve

Comma you can just see the 'comma' like mark on the underwing where its name comes from.

Painted Lady this was on the footpath soon after leaving the visitor centre.

Red Admiral looking fine and dapper!

I thought this was a brown argus at first but it is not it's a female Common Blue

Bearded Tits these juveniles were still feeding very low down at the 'Dragonfly Pools' and still proving tricky to photograph!

juvenile male Bearded Tit

From 'Butts Hide' no sign of any great whites but 6 or 7 Little Egrets entertained!

Little Egret

A fluffy Little Egret!

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Friday, 14 July 2017

Rainham Marshes

Spent a few hours today on the reserve in the hope of getting some half decent pics of the Bearded Tits. The weather wasn't great overcast to start with then a light shower before the sun broke through. The wind was constantly blowing making photography difficult looking through the moving reeds. I managed some almost half decent shots but got much better shots of Sedge Warblers both juvenile and adults.

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Sedge Warbler juvenile

Sedge Warbler juvenile

Sedge Warbler adult

Cinnabar Moth caterpillar quite a few around the reserve

Green-veined White

Sedge Warbler adult

Reed Warbler

Bearded Tit juvenile

Bearded Tit juvenile

Bearded Tit juvenile

Common Carder Bee

Red Admiral