Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Wildlife Views from Rainham RSPB

I can't resist the Kingfishers at Rainham at the moment, so once again I found myself in the hide watching the  kingfishers bringing in food to their young,  they must be getting very close to fledging now.

Their behaviour when bringing back fish was quite predictable, they either perch for a moment on the farthest post in the pool or fly direct to  a small branch just outside the  nesting hole, before flying in with their fish.

I managed  to get set up and focused on this small branch. It was
 a bit hard  on the knees, but worth it, only a short wait for the kingfishers, they were coming in every ten minutes or so.

 The Kingfishers came out of the nesting hole backwards, and after a quick dip in the water flew off for more fish.

Reed bed birds are all busy either brooding there eggs hidden along the dykes and reedbed fringes or nurturing their young.

 Grey Heron ever watchful for a quick meal !

Good selection of Butterflies around the reserve, Peacock,Green veined White, Brimstone and a few Orange Tip, still can't get close to this one yet. 

Speckled wood was a lot easier to photograph.

I noticed this bright red beetle sunning itself in the cordite store, 

a Cardinal Beetle, would have been rarer if the head was black apparently !

Reed beds were alive with Warbler song, Reed and Sedge but not showing themselves very well.
I did manage to see a pair Reed Warbler's as I approached the end of the trail though.

While watching the warblers this Mute Swan flew over allowing me to grab a quick flight view.

Another good day at Rainham, still plenty to see.

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