This is the fastest animal in the world - it can reach up to 200mph. Its name means "Wandreing falcon".
15 December, 2007
13 December, 2007
07 September, 2007
03 September, 2007
A juvenile Red-backed Shrike was just outside the reserve viewed from a public footpath along the bank of the Thames.
The current visitors centre will eventually become an educational building. An interesting strucure indeed - my first thought was 'yuk' ! (and remains so).
A Wood Sandpiper was just a bit too distant.
A distant Northern Wheatear.
A few Little Egret were dotted around the reserve.
This Ruff showed well from the hide.
My best view of a Water Vole. This is a top site for these declining creatures.
Roesel's Bush Cricket Metrioptera roeselii. A scarce cricket, mainly found near coasts but increasing inland.
A Migrant Hawker.
27 August, 2007
Starting bright but clouding over by lunch, much cooler too. The Blackwit has left the building. A dozen Common Swift feeding over the lagoons with all three hirundines present too. A couple of Yellow Wagtail through; Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Hobby and Common Buzzard seen. Missed a brief view of an early returning Water Rail.
A pair of Wardown Park Whooper Swan are still present.
One of two loafing Grey Heron.
Yesterday, a fresh looking Shaggy Inkcap ...
... now looks like this
26 August, 2007
25 August, 2007
15 April, 2007
This Alpine Accentor showed well down to six feet.
Record shot of Alpine Swift
A flock of Bee Eater fed by the roadside.
A chance encounter of Black-eared Wheatear on a roadside fence.
A Black Kite with some carrion.