I had hoped to connect with the family group of Black-winged Stilts but alas no luck there despite spending five hours on the reserve. I did however see a distant Wood Sandpiper and thirty odd Black-tailed Godwits along with a couple of Green Sandpipers, single Curlew and Oystercatcher. There were however lots of hirundines mainly Swallows and House martins with fewer Sand Martins and a handful of Swifts. Thoroughly enjoyed my stroll around the reserve but my highlight had to be bumping in to Clive & Richard two of the fantastic team of RSPB South Essex Marshes volunteers, it was so good to catch-up, even if it did cost me a tenner Clive!
|A distant and heavily cropped Wood Sandpiper|
|Poor attempt at a flight shot of a House Martin|
|Black-tailed Godwit incoming!|
|Black-tailed Godwit they were forever squabbling!|
|Swallow such a shame as I couldn't get a clear view through the vegetation, hence the odd colouration!|
|He wasn't happy when another tried to land on the small piece of branch!|
|See, he looks really upset now!|