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.

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