|Curlew - apologies for the photo's, good old english weather I'm afraid|
|The flock at waters edge|
|Slightly better photo|
It is interesting to note that Dick Jefferies had a flock of 80 later at West Thurrock Marshes , and at least 19+ Oystercatchers came up the river also, so it looks as if the weather system created some movement.
After this I walked inland and had a Golden Plover calling overhead as they do, in bad light you can hear them but they are a sod to pick up in a grey dark sky, managed to get a couple of photo’s after tying myself up in knots locating it.
Other highlights were
Common Snipe – 2 groups flushed 17 and 11, by far the highest total I have had on site.
Jack Snipe – 1 a real bonus and a great addition to the site, they are very hard to come across.
Dunlin – 260 foreshore
Redshank - 89 foreshore
Wigeon – 2 flying down river
Curlew – 12 on the mud with 4 of these display flying over the site
Oystercatcher – 4 on the mud.
|Black Tailed Godwits - seen later at Dagenham on the high tide count|
|With decent light it would have been a better photo, this was on F5.6 and ISO 1600|