A potter about on Hen Harrier Day

Rainham Marshes

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Rainham Marshes

A potter about on Hen Harrier Day

  • It was a lovely morning at Rainham Marshes when I arrived for Hen Harrier Day.  As it was dry and the temperature was comfortable I had a quick look around before the event started.

    I'm getting used to seeing cattle on a fair number of reserves - it's always lovely to see them with their young!

    Canada geese enjoying the watering hole.

    Not a great snap but it's still a whitethroat.

    There were loads of them about.

    There were loads of goldfinches about as well.

    This magpie calmly works out its best approach to accessing the hanging feeders.

    A coot enjoying the peace and quiet.

    The goldfinches arrive for the pool party.

    I like moorhens.  Their feet are amazing!

    A young coot.

    I found myself wanting to introduce Mr Botham and the grouse shooting lobby to these impressive horns.

    Mr Spadger looks outraged at this intrusion of his privacy.

    Enjoy, as always.

  • Lovely pics, Clare--thanks.  I was wondering if you would go to Rainham again for HH Day.  We thought the carpark would be overflowing by the time we arrived, and since I am not up to the hike from the train we gave it a miss.  We were there in spirit though!