Yesterday, I visited RSPB Rainham Marshes. The weather wasn’t the greatest, but I had a wonderful time. The site is fully accessible, has a visitor centre with cafe, and some wonderful managed marshland. The birding was brilliant and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. There’s no doubt that I’ll be going back there soon.
My bird of the day was definitely the Northern Pintail, with the Redwing being my second favourite. Here are a few photo’s from my visit.
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The Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus) is one of my favorite sea birds. It has a beautiful blue eye which us set against a pastel yellow nape. They nest in large colonies and are very territorial. Gannets mate for life and return to the same nest year after year.
The Common Guillemot (Uria aalge) is a member of the Auk family. It spends most of its life at sea and the only time that you will find ut on the land is when it is breeding. These birds are very pretty to look at despite being quite plain in appearance.
The Puffin (Fratercula arctica) is one of the most beautiful sea birds, and one that brings the crowds to RSPB Bempton Cliffs. It has an unusually shaped beak, which is has bright orange streaks and has saw like mandibles. The serrated beak means that the Puffin can catch many sand eels at the same time and they cannot subsequently fall from its jaw.
Kittywake with chick
I love to see the new chucks sitting upon the nest and being attended to by their parents. This photo is of a family of Kittywakes, and a hungry chick.
Some of these people had incredibly large lenses, and I am aware that they cost several thousands of pounds. I was left wondering whether their lenses really made photos any better than what I have taken today? I suspect not, I have a few high quality photos that I am really impressed with.
Gannet with Guillemot
Not the greatest photo’s of Puffins in flight that I’ve ever seen, but who cares, I took them, and for that I am truly grateful.