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  • Media: Balancing act.....

    Check out the hole through the beak.
  • Blog Post: A soggy end to summer

    It seems that as far as the weather was concerned I picked the right week to leave the country, as while I was enjoying (some) sun in central France, the UK was experiencing somewhat variable, and at times very wet weather. And in typical Bank Holiday fashion, today has seen a return of cool, wet weather...
  • Blog Post: Skyfall from the Sky Tower – black-tailed godwits do a James Bond

    The ‘whoosh’ of wings and circling in the sky – is the spectacle of the week from the Sky Tower. Black-tailed godwits can be heard ‘chattering’ as you ascend the Tower, but then it really is incredible when they all they all ‘get the jitters’ and lift up and...
  • Media: Soaking

    Unhappy little bird in the rain.
  • Blog Post: August is now upon us.

    1st August. Had rained overnight but the cloud cleared enough to photograph the 'Blue' moon at 3am. Strictly a 'blue' moon is the 2nd of two full moons occurring in one calendar month - which this one was when it rose earlier. At 1.16pm we watched a Southern Hawker fly about briefly...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: an electric blue blur

    Hands up if you've seen a kingfisher recently! Kingfishers can be seen along streams, rivers, canals and lakes - even in the middle of our biggest cities. They're perhaps our most colourful bird, but they can be tricky to spot... If you've never seen a kingfisher, one thing you can...
  • Media: Fowlmere kingfisher

    Male kingfisher seen at Fowlmere this morning, 22nd August at 7.15am
  • Blog Post: Looking good isn't easy

    With the breeding season over, the annual habitat management season is now underway. As usual, we start with clearing vegetation on the Scrape, where the first work party was hard at work on Thursday. The Scrape management programme involves cutting the long vegetation from the banks and islands,...
  • Blog Post: Magic Rain...

    With rain throughout yesterday evening and night through to about 7am, it looked promising for some wader action today on the reserve and we were not to be disappointed with a staggering 19 species being recorded! 5 Sanderling, Knot, 10 Dunlin, Turnstone, 38 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew...
  • Forum Thread: Is this a newly fledged kingfisher with a fish?

    I was in the kingfisher hide yesterday and saw this kingfisher dive from the middle post and come up with a tiny fish. I assumed it was the adult male at that time. But when i look at it on my computer, I see that it has no ring on its leg . I also think the beak is a bit shorter and the feet look still...
  • Blog Post: Nature's colours

    We have a fabulous little activity sheet for children called Nature's colours. It's a simple piece of card with 20 different colours and shades. The idea is to walk around the reserve and see how many different colours you can match. For example, the marsh mallow flowers perfectly match one of...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 5th August 2015

    A short update I’m afraid this week due to other work pressures. The highlights of the week included a single swallowtail butterfly seen on Saturday. This could be the first of the second brood or it could be the entire second brood! Last year we saw just 3-8 butterflies for second brood and...
  • Blog Post: First flight?

    We have been following the barn owls as keenly as ever, especially as we know this is a poor year nationally. A couple of weeks ago I saw two young birds, but recently I have seen only one. It is possible we have missed the fledging of the oldest, but at 7.40pm on Saturday I saw the remaining bird fly...
  • Blog Post: On the menu....

    With the Kingfisher chicks obviously growing very fast, it has been interesting to note the increased variety of prey that both parents have been bringing. Gone are the first brood days of Stickleback followed by Stickleback followed possibly a Smooth Newt folllowed inevitably by a Stickleback. So...
  • Media: Kingfisher with a fish

    At Rainham Marshes on Saturday, I didn't have to wait look to take this photo.
  • Blog Post: Blue Dragons!

    Though we a situated in the heartland of the Red Dragon, it has been the Blue Dragons that have been most prominent these last couple of weeks. The soaring temperature, reaching around 25°C, gave dragonflies and butterflies the chance to warm up and emerge from their nymphs and chrysalises. So...
  • Blog Post: Play nicely, children...

    So I asked for more images of wildlife on the Dragonfly Sculptures and yesterday it all went a bit mad down at the MDZ where not only were the Kingfishers busily using it as a staging post before entering the nest but they were getting increasingly agitated by our family of Turnstile Bridge Swallows...
  • Blog Post: Evening amble

    Escaped last night for a walk around the trail after work. The weather was a little interesting but somehow I managed not to get too wet! I popped into the MDZ and watched the Kingfishers for a while and a Little Egret was paddling around on the back edge shuffling those yellow feet to attract...
  • Blog Post: Playground action

    Nope, not the one for the small humans but the Steve Hall designed metal dragonfly sculptures that are dotted around the marsh. As you will have seen on other posts, the Bearded Tits have delighted in letting their kids loose on the one at the Dragonfly Pool, where they can play and hone their hanging...
  • Blog Post: Highlights of June

    Apologies for not keeping you up to date with all the latest goings-on recently, but we have been really busy with all sorts of things including management work, new signage, plans for the summer holidays and entertaining several school groups a day! Unfortunately blogging tends to slip down the list...
  • Blog Post: Speedy Wildlife Walks

    A speedy circuit this morning to open up the hides but quite rewarding in the breezy conditions. It was already pretty warm and there was plenty of insect activity. Small Tortoiseshell butterflies were out egg laying on the Nettles and the first Meadow Brown of the year (for me) was flying strongly....
  • Blog Post: Otter action!

    It's always a special day when I see an otter at Fowlmere. There have been about a dozen sightings a year since the first record in 1997, so the chances of being in the right place at the right time are slim, but it does happen occasionally. I was in Reedbed Hide at about 8pm last night, listening...
  • Blog Post: Important reading....Kingfishers....

    So it looks like we might be good to go again... The male bird has been cleaning out the burrow on and off all day with the female in attendance for long periods, hence the picture fest again today. I suspect that she is pretty much ready to lay the next clutch, so things could get moving quickly...
  • Blog Post: Dinkyfishers

    Even I got out for a look at my first baby Kingfishers today... They were very cooperative for a while and perched well on the dragonfly before dad took them off towards the Mardyke before returning with a fish to try and tempt out the remaining offspring. They looked bewildered and somewhat shellshocked...
  • Blog Post: First one out...

    Tom has just radioed through to say that the first baby Kingfisher is now out of the nest and sitting out front with his Dad (not Tom's!).... I am sure that more will follow and that Tom has some shots already. Please remember that the bird's welfare comes first so if you are coming to visit...