Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Migrants Galore at Rainham Marshes

3rd May 2016

Another beautiful sunny day at Rainham and let's start at the Purfleet Hide. Fairly quiet but this Lapwing was showing off all its colours just outside the window so what a good start.

Further along the track the male Reed Bunting was still clinging on to its head of Phragmites although today was much calmer. Even then the seed head was still swinging around quite a lot. Nearby a Sedge Warbler was in full voice from within a Sallow.

Round by the RDZ a pair of Wheatears had taken up temporary residence although the male was fairly flighty and kept disappearing over the butts. The female, however, was much more confiding and even flew towards me on a number of occasions.

Round by the Cordite Store, the migrants were dominated by Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps, both of which posed for a few shots.

But the star of the show today was the male Kingfisher which dutifully kept bringing fish to the female which did not show at all so presumably still on eggs. Luckily on one occasion it landed on the nearby dragonfly sculpture allowing a nice close-up.

The highlight was when he flew to the nest-hole and stuck his head in as if to ask whether anyone was at home.


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