Not been doing much just recently after being made redundant, but today I felt I had to get out and enjoy the sun, and in the end I went to one of my favourite haunts, Rainham Marshes in London. The weather was glorious and there was a blue sky with a very gentle breeze. There were Reed Buntings, Warblers and Sedge Warblers calling all over the place and as usual they were so quick it was hard to get photos, there were even Cettis announcing their presence but not showing it.
This was the usual view I got as I raised the camera :o(
Getting closer but not perfect, I think these last two were Reed Warblers but I will happily stand corrected.
Whitethroat ? not 100% on this one so if anyone can tell me I would be grateful.
Wood pigeon on the board walk.
Little Blue Butterfly, unsure of its proper name, sorry,
This Chiffchaff was enjoting the sun and calling away to its hearts content and was not fussed by me and the camera.
Distant Little Grebe sprucing itself up I didn't notice all the insects on the water at the time.
Come on in the water looks lovely, well for Frogs that is.
What some people will do to get aerial shots of Rainham.
This Dandelion? was huge almost the size of my fist.
No Idea on this plant, any ideas?
When I grow up I'm going to be a ?
Hi Shane sorry to hear about the redundancy if it was forced on you.
Looks like you've had a great day out too, deffo a Whitethroat but i'll leave anything else to the experts lol.
Cheers Alan. Redundancy is a sore matter say no more, thanks for the confirmation.
Looks like a great day at Rainham. For me pics 1-3 are Sedge, Reed and Reed (not Whitethroat) though I'm not certain about 1, that's a tricky angle (!), could be another Reed but it looks like it may be streaked on top. The butterfly is Holly Blue, the pale lilac-coloured plant is Tufted Vetch I think, and the nightshade I'd go Woody rather than Deadly. The caterpillar looks like Drinker moth.
Ooops Sorry Shane for wrong ID i can see it is a Reed now.
Glad you had a great day out, Shane. Super photos......I went to Great Amwell today, it was a nice warm day out!
Thank you for the IDs, I should really have remembered the Holly Blue and Vetch duuh, I didn't even know there was a woody nightshade so that's something new learnt as for the moth good job they are not as big as their caterpillars as they would be enormous.
Thanks Graham, weather back to normal this morning grey and wet, good old British summer.
Shaneweather back to normal this morning grey and wet, good old British summer.
Same here Shane
It looked as if it was going to brighten up Alan but alas NO :o(
Oh dear..from what i've heard on the radio it is only going to get worse here..this weather may bring something special into the garden.
Good luck Alan I hope you get a nice surprise in the garden, Im just enjoying the hoard of young and old Sparrows and the Goldies while listening to the Swifts squealing.
Sorry to hear about the redundancy. Keep your chin up. Looks like you had a glorious day at Rainham, some great photos.
Thanks MrsT on both counts.