Friday, 8 August 2014

Patch pit-stop

After gulling on the Thames this morning I took the opportunity to head east for a quick visit to my local patch at Rainham Marshes RSPB reserve. I timed it to arrive over high tide, and was duly rewarded with a few waders and other species of interest, the best being 2 Garganey (including the eclipse drake below), 10 Little Egrets, 5 Little Ringed Plovers, Common, Wood and 4 Green Sandpipers, 16 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Eurasian Whimbrel, and single Eurasian Curlew, Water Rail and Hobby.

A record shot of today's eclipse drake Garganey (note the blue forewing just visible, and broad white upper wing-bar).
It wasn't great weather for flying insects, so I was particularly pleased to find a Jersey Tiger moth near the Cordite Store. The only other one I've seen at Rainham, a more ragged example, was in the same area. This shot was taken with my iPhone and has been cropped but not otherwise adjusted.

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