Monday, 7 June 2010
Twitcher in the Rye (Meads)
After an eyewatering spell in the dentist's chair this morning (think Marathon Man), I had a couple of spare hours and decided to try Rye Meads RSPB again - more in hope than expectation - for my most-dipped London bird this year, Turtle Dove.
That at least gave me a chance for some photography, with an unexpected Water Rail (hard to see in summer), Common Tern, Little Ringed Plover and Pochard among today's subjects. This last species is breeding there, and I was amazed to see a pair repeatedly attack the two ducklings of another female, which struggled to drive them away but eventually triumphed.