Our run of interesting big white birds continued today with our 18th (and my 17th) Great White Egret of the year. How fortunes have changed for this colonising species.
This fine orange billed beauty was out feeding for a couple of hours on the Target Pools before drifting back over onto the more distant pools on Wennington but not before nearly everyone on site had had their fill.
Urbanised Egret - HTV
Great White and his Little friend - John Humble
and of it goes... look at those legs! - John Humble
How are you?
We are working with some RSPB HQ collegues looking into the health and wellbeing benefits of RSPB reserves and the outdoors, and are looking for some personal experiences.
Has the outdoors helped you? Could you send me (Louise) your stories/ quotes/ experiences that we could feedback as examples of how important the outdoors and Rainham has been to you.
If you send me something (either reply to this post or email me firstname.lastname@example.org) it may be used as a quote with your name, we would love to have some people that would be willing to have their pictures included as well (although you don’t have too!)
Thank you for your help!
This morning was cool and very breezy and the wind had swung to the north west and so we were suitably delighted when three fine snowy white adult Whooper Swans touched down on the Butts Scrape. Whether they had come direct from Iceland or via a stop over in the north west somewhere, they were now paddling around to an appreciative crowd of mainly Midlands birders visiting us also from a north westerly direction for the day!
They were wary to start with but soon settled down and spent a few hours feeding before having a wel deserved snooze. We left them tere at dusk so with any luck they will still be there in the morning...
Just for a change all these ones are by me...
And this cracking video from Pat Hart
Sunday 29th October 2017
• RSPB Rainham Marshes: 3ad Whooper Swans, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 70 Golden Plover, Ringed Plover, 3 Curlew, 59 Dunlin, 86 Redshank, 167 Lapwing, 12 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Grey Wagtails