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Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Rainham Marshes August 29th

Decided to have an early walk round after visiting Battersea, parked at the top car park and checked Aveley Bay first.Could see through bins that there were a few waders present.Immediately found a Knot, had the look of a juv bird, this was hooked up with 5 ringed Plover.Also present were 2 Oystercatchers, 5 Black Tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew, and a flyby Greenshank.The river produced 9 Common Terns moving up, also got onto a horde of Gulls hanging in the wind low over the river, obviously intent on some thing below from the racket they were making.Had the briefest glimpse of something dark and then it was gone in the blustery conditions, could have been anything, very likely a Seal.Couple of shots of the distant Knot below.

Very distant Knot

Ringed Plover with Knot in background

Carried on round the Reserve, wasn't expecting much small stuff due to the strong winds but did get 4 Yellow Wagtail with the Cattle, another Greenshank, Marsh Harrier over Wennington Marsh and a Garganey which flew by over the Pools.Looked like, and very likely the same bird that Dominic had on Friday.
Gave the Cordite a good bashing for Spotted Flycatcher, must have seen me coming and hid as usual.
The only other small migrant seen was a very photogenic Wheatear on the way out.



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