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  • Blog Post: Epic Catch

    Our Grey Herons are feasting on frogs at the moment although taking on two at the same is pretty special... Quite what it did with them after it flew off but I would imagine that one was able to make a bid for freedom. Top shot from Jennie Ayers Jennie also got some great views of the Bearded...
  • Blog Post: Frisky Frogs

    Wednesday was glorious with beaming sunshine and blue skies and the Marsh Frogs were in fine voice and were in fact very active with lots of squabbling and bubble gum blowing.... (David Brown) (Jo Collins) Froggy Fight... (Jo Collins) Last three by Tony O'Brien.... 'Oi...
  • Blog Post: Sky full of trails....

    What a difference a day makes... dawn rose with a glorious sunshiny smile and a windless disposition. The lack of the latter was short lived and by 9.30 it was really getting up from the south west but at least it was not freezing cold. It made birding (and other wildlife watching!) quite difficult at...
  • Blog Post: More unbroken blue.... eventually!

    So it was back down to the bay for me this morning for an early morning walk to try and find a few migrants. However, I had trouble finding the car park let alone any birds. Visibility was pants with claggy wet fog but the sounds out on the marsh were amazing and, if you excluded the drone of the A13...
  • Blog Post: Easter sunshine brings out the visitors and the wildlife

    I was feeling slightly grieved at not seeing Spoonbill number four yesterday so I headed back down to Aveley Bay first thing and thanks to Russ Sherriff I soon had this immature bird in view out on the Target Pools where it remained all day and was even actively feeding at times. Spoonbill (Pat...
  • Blog Post: Easter Bank Holiday Monday, Sunshine, Warm, No Wind.....

    This was a recipe for a very busy day on the reserve; in fact one of the busiest ever, and the visitors never stopped streaming through the doors all day. It started well with three Common Terns found on the mirror-flat Thames by Rich Jones and two adult Med Gulls ‘kowwed’ their way up river...
  • Blog Post: Bom -bom -bom....aiii i yiiii

    It's that time of year and today the first Marsh Frogs of the season appeared and by mid-afternoon there were many to be seen in the their usual places as they basked in the warm sunshine. It will not be too long untill the deep rasping croaking of this important food chain animal is reaching our...
  • Blog Post: Sneaky

    Grass Snakes have been doing incredibly well on the reserve in recent years and are seemingly tied in with the success of the Marsh Frogs on which they prey. Check the ditches as you walk the trails and if you find a group of basking frogs (that are not too big!) watch our for a slinky snake worming...
  • Blog Post: Frogzilla v Heron.... the sequal

    I am not sure if our Marsh Frogs are taking some sort of illegal stimulants but I am sure that they are getting bigger and bigger. Seren Waite watch this smart adult Grey Heron take on this behwmoth of an amphibian on Friday It took some subduing but the Heron succeeded at last in mortally wounding...
  • Blog Post: Jurrasic Frog

    This huge beast somehow had into the downstairs toilets (I suspect with childish hands) and had spent the night drying out.... Tony the cleaner was somewhat perturbed to find this beautiful frog when doing his rounds before we opened. It was amazingly sticky when I rescued it but had to get a shot before...
  • Blog Post: Undisciplined rabble

    Apparently, the collective name for a group of frogs is an Army... Well if this is the case than all of our Marsh Frog troops have gone AWOL, been down the pub, had a few bevvies and are now leisurely slumped in an unceremonious heap on a board near the Purfleet Hide.... ( Dawn Cowan) ...
  • Blog Post: Guess Who Croaked It?

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  • Blog Post: Predators and prey....

    Paul Samuels has once again produced another magic little film of the life on the marsh and so sit back and enjoy two minutes of the daily trials and tribulations of living in our Perimiter Ditch.... 24-8-13
  • Blog Post: Croaking at last

    On Wednesday a family reporting seeing a couple of Marsh Frogs . These were the first sightings this year but it took until yesterday for them to start croaking although it was a little half hearted and lacking gusto. They seem to all start out dark brown a 'green up' as the season goes one....
  • Blog Post: Mega Frog??

    Over the last few years we have seen some truly enormous Marsh Frogs out on the marsh and these brutes tend to 'feel' different to the more usual ones we come across. They are often much broader across the back that the normal ones, with less pointed snouts and a distinctively upright posture...
  • Blog Post: Gotcha!

    It may be late November but with mild conditions there are still marsh frogs to be had out there and the Grey Herons have been finding some of the more sluggish ones in the last few days. Martin Burke saw this adult spear this enormous mega-frog on Sunday. A real whopper! Definitely enough to feed...
  • Blog Post: The migrant gates are open!

    Today saw the arrival of yet another amazing bird with a ridiculouly leggy Black-winged Stilt elegantly strutting around on the pools infront of the centre all day. This rare visitor from the Med certainly brightened up our day. It had spent the previous day on the Isle of Wight before touching down...
  • Blog Post: Getting louder

    It may not be sunny or overly warm but the Marsh Frogs have been in fine form with some great orchestral overtures from the main channels. Brenda caught up with this particular male last week. Definitely the biggest air sacks we have ever seen! 9-6-13
  • Blog Post: No quarter

    Now that the Marsh Frogs are going full tilt out on the reserve it is not really surprising that they are getting picked off by a variety of predators. There they sit busily belching out the froggy mating blues when, whoosh, they are airborne and winging their way to a nearby nest to fed to hungry...
  • Blog Post: Hardly hear yourself think!

    Despite an very chilly start, the Marsh Frogs eventually got going and could be heard all around the trail and even from inside the shop and office! The first Grass Snake of the year was seen on Friday so with warmer longer days to come it will not be too long before the battle of reptiles 'v'...
  • Blog Post: Interlopers...

    Have a close look at this fab shot of a Marsh Frog by Mark Hart.... If you zoom in you will see that he has several hitch hikers.... not entirely sure what they are but one of them seems to be smiling! Any help appreciated! And help was forthcmoing via Chris Slade who has 'people in...
  • Blog Post: At the pond.....

    Just spent five minutes talking to visitors around the wildlife pond with dozens of Buff-tailed and Carder Bumblebees buzzaing around us when this rather worn Comma came to visit and landed on the outstretched finger of a very appreciative Elsie Peto! She even had a butterfly on her t-shirt! Comma...
  • Blog Post: Now will you believe me!

    I know that I have talked about MEGA-FROGS at Rainham before but we have never had an image of one. Even allowing for the beast inflating itself, this whopping great amphibian almost seems too heavy for the heron to lift let alone dispatch! It's legs are thicker that the legs of the heron and...
  • Blog Post: Still catching them rays!

    Well certainly not today but on Wednesday there was glorious sunshine in the afternoon and a wealth of insect life was to be seen including Common Darters and Migrant Hawkers , Peacock and Red Admiral butterflies and quite a few bees and wasps! Peacock (Andy Tweed) Several marsh Frogs and Water...
  • Blog Post: Are they getting bigger?

    Our Marsh Frogs have always been a little on the large side and Richard Duhrsen captured this battle between a Grey Heron and Frog.... Click here to view.... A a fine shot of a Heron eyeing up dinner by Basil Thornton... 27-5-13