Sunday, 4 August 2019

West Canvey Marsh

Yesterday I spent the afternoon at West Canvey Marsh my first visit in five years! Like everywhere in the south-east of England a lack of significant rainfall has put the reservoir at the lowest I have ever seen it. The reserve, however, looks well managed and clean and tidy. I particularly liked what the rspb South Essex team have done where the far hide used to be.

No sign of yesterdays Curlew Sandpiper, but there were Avocet, Oystercatcher, Black-tailed Godwits and two Common Sandpipers feeding along the edges of the reservoir. Reed Warblers seemed to have bred well as there were quite a few in the reedy areas, also noted were a Blackcap family and a single Willow Warbler. A Peregrine and a Kestrel were the only raptors seen. It looked like a pair of Pochard had at least two young with them.

I only saw two Marbled Whites, but loads of Gatekeepers and Meadow Browns. Also good numbers of Darters mainly Ruddy and a few Emperor Dragonflies were impressive to watch. I finished my afternoon trying to photograph Swallows which were continually skimming low across a field along the dog-walking loop, without much success!

Now that looks like a good way to spend the afternoon

Canoeing at high tide

Cinnabar Moth caterpillar on Ragwort

female Ruddy Darter on a not yet ripe blackberry

Marbled White only saw two and neither posed for my camera!

Reed Warbler there were two or three families around the reserve

Long HoverflySphaerophoria scripta

Swallow the best I could manage, I need to practice more!

Swallow they are tricky to photograph in flight even when flying low!

A tatty female Ruddy Darter

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