Avian rivalries

by Helen Hooker November. 29, 2019 527 views
A stonechat observing me from the fence around the reserve

A stonechat observing me from the fence around the reserve

Sunny days have been pretty rare lately so I grabbed the break in the weather today to return to Rainham Marshes. As the water levels gradually rise through the winter I hope the numbers of water birds will increase, but for today I had more luck with the smaller birds.

After lunch I wandered down to the old cordite store where I once again found a robin who was willing to pose for me. Each fence post there was topped with a small pile of food for Rocky and his lady friend, amounting to far more food than any robin could eat in a day. That didn’t stop a turf war breaking out though and a hopeful dunnock was swiftly chased away into the undergrowth. I still managed to catch a couple of portraits as this hopeful little bird summoned up the courage to make another attempt to steal some grub!

As I strolled around the reserve there was still a little autumn colour on the trees so I started to create a collection of pictures from these rich hues, planning to combine them into a collage later.

Autumn colour

Autumn colour

Walking back to the visitor centre, I had a close encounter with a family of long tailed tits, who were fluttering through the branches of a tree, illuminated by golden rays from the setting sun. Finally I headed for home, but not before I’d spent a little time observing the garrulous gathering of sparrows in the hedgerow by the river.

29 November 2019

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Russell Smith 6 months, 1 week ago

Beautiful series of images :)

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Lakshmi Bhat 6 months, 1 week ago

Birds are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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Jan Eljapa 6 months, 1 week ago

Beautiful images..

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Kay Hooker 6 months, 1 week ago

I wonder if the birds at Rainham marshes think,'its her again'    I only wish I could visit so often. Great photos once again.

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