26 Jul 2010

Weekend trip

  • Very disappointing trip regarding birds, I did not get to Elmley, the road not suitable for the camper, however, arriving in Leysdown early Saturday morning we were informed that at Muswell Manor there was to be an airshow, the beach end of Leysdown was wall to wall with other campervans so we joined in and was treated to a nice display, six guys jumped out of an aircraft and performed precision paragliding from a great height, four Gypsy Moths did some aerobatics, but the highlight was the lone Spitfire who gave a very impressive display of pilot skills.
  • Sunday we moved to the Raptor viewpoint where we observed five marsh Harrier's at distance the viewing mound is practically impassable and overgrown, perhaps this is the RSPB's contribution to cutbacks or not. (excuse the pun)
  • While at the mound I met a couple of very nice people man an wife I think, who were really in all aspects of of Moths, Butterflies and Birds, in fact the whole spectrum of nature, they were down from Hertfordshire for the day and had a beautiful spaniel dog with them, they told me that they had last year photographed all 56 varieties of our butterflies, including the Camberwell Beauty which I think he said he tracked down in Scotland, some feat. Earlier that day they visited Elmley and the lady was rewarded by several shots of Brown Hares boxing. They are involved with the Herts and Essex moth and bird Society, I would like to wish them all the best, and luck, in their future persuits.

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