07 September, 2007

Dunstable STW

A Water Rail skitted around the scrape often persued by the local Moorhens.

Two of six Green Sandpiper ventured close to the camera.

This Migrant Hawker spots its next meal.

This pair of Wigeon arrived today.

Collard Dove.


A juvenile Common Buzzard splits away from a group of four others.

A Comma takes in the last rays of the day.

A Common Darter does likewise.

03 September, 2007

Rainham Marshes RSPB Reserve

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.

A distant shot of the QEII bridge which carries the M25 motorway over the River Thames.

A nice spot, overall, difficult to believe it's not far from busy London.