2 Apr 2011

April 1st

A sudden impulse led to a trip to Oare and Elmley, the weather was dull and blustery and would add not conducive to photography at least detailed stuff, however not deterred we arrived at Oare, it did start to brighten up, and the observation was, not a lot about, couple of BT Godwits a few Greylag, Tufted Duck, a few Wigeon and Teal, and I suppose if pressed the star of that show was a very obliging Little Grebe, I usually manage to photograph the rear end of the bird as it disappears under water, when feeding they are busy little creatures.

On to Elmley and drove to the Wellmarsh hide at this time 11-30 we were the only visitors to the reserve. I noticed enroute quite a number of Curlew, way out on the marsh other than that, about a dozen pairs of Mute Swans throughout the reserve, and the numbers of Little Egret seem to be more abundant than usual , two Brown Hares had a confrontation, and the result was that they took off in opposing directions.

From the hide, still a great deal of water with very little roosting space, I was there well before high water and what birds there were are already here 100+ Dunlin 30 or so Turnstone, 1 Avocet 3 Black Tailed Godwit, 4 Ringed Plover, and a very distant Spoonbill. The Dunlin were very skittish and were alarmed a few times never spotted the reason. High water came and went not producing no more birds.

We then went to Queenborogh and had fish and chips which we consumed by the harbour and then home, all in all quite a pleasant trip.

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