After this I set off for Elmley Marsh on the Isle of Sheppey. A reserve I haven't visited for a fair few years. As I drove in a female merlin shot across the road and perched on a post, but still too gloomy for any long distance photography. Little egrets, redshanks, grey herons and lapwings were seen as I drove to Kingshill Farm car park. Also, marsh harriers seemed to be everywhere.
|marsh harrier being mobbed by a lapwing|
|marsh harrier in courtship display|
Once parked, I checked the pools over the farm wall, where good numbers of regular wildfowl were noted (mainly wigeon) and a few egrets and avocets.
On to the track to the Wellmarsh hide and plenty of reed bunting and more of what had already been recorded. In the distance a common buzzard overhead and a peregrine came to land several fields away. The mist was still making long range photography impossible, but the sky was brightening and the mist was being burnt off, albeit slowly.
Into the hide and a cacophony of black headed gulls. A marsh harrier took a wigeon and alighted on the ground to feed. Pintail flew through and several snipe were noted on one of the islands.
|avocets and black headed gull|
|Photo taken through the windscreen.|
|2nd short eared owl|
|2 in the air|