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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Media: Kingfisher 23/05/2015

    Edderthorpe flash
  • Blog Post: Chelonian Pigeons, Halcyon Hunters and Amorous Airbourne Antics

    I have a been a bit slack with the bird news of late and I apologise. Things have been relatively quiet in the last ten days with wader passage unfortunately drawing to an early close with only a small flock of Bar-tailed Godwits on the wet and windy 14th and a Sanderling with the small mixed flock of...
  • Blog Post: The news you've all been waiting for....

    So, following on from our last post a couple of days ago, it seems that our Kingfisher pair have successfully thrown us all off the scent yet again! In latest developments it seems that possibly their first brood of the year have actually hatched within the last few days and they are now actively feeding...
  • Media: Kingfisher in flight (2)

  • Media: Kingfisher in flight

  • Blog Post: Kingfishers... an update on family developments

    Well, all seems to be going swimmingly down at the MDZ and given the size of the young Rudd, adult Newts and small Marsh Frogs being brought in, those hungry Kingfisher chicks must be a fair size already and it will probably not be too long before they fledge. (Andrew Critchell) Feedings are...
  • Blog Post: This Weeks Wildlife Highlights (2 May 2015)

    Hi everyone, How are you today? I just thought I would share some of the wildlife that we've had this week! The exciting news was the hatching of the kingfishers - so the adults have been seen in and out bringing fish to the bank for the hungry young.... Clever kingfisher stitch photo...
  • Blog Post: Boats, Bugs and Birds - 30 April 2015

    Hello, How are you today? So I wanted to share some of the highlights form the last couple of days... HMS Defender sailed past the reserve on Tuesday.... Picture by David Morrison The sun shine has brought out a variety of little creatures... The cordite store is one of my...
  • Blog Post: Kingfisher News... 30 April 2015

    Afternoon everyone, I hope that you are well. On the day that Rob Yorke is encouraging people to vote Kingfisher for Britain's National Bird , over on Martin Harper's blog - I am excited to announce that our Kingfishers have hatched! Adults start taking fish into the bank once...
  • Blog Post: What's been about - 25 April 2015

    Afternoon! How are you today? I'm back, I wrote a blog earlier talking about some of the smaller reserve creatures, but I wanted to tell you some of the others... Stunning reserve picture by Jo Collins There's been all sorts of wildlife around - here are some of the highlights...
  • Media: I call this image going home....

  • Media: A fine female taking in the sun......

    A fine female taking in the sun......
  • Blog Post: Southerly airflow brings migrants pouring in

    Is it really mid April? With the thermometer hitting the mid 20s Centigrade yesterday and today it feels more like mid July than mid April - and with the unseasonably warm weather have come scores of migrant birds, flooding onto our shores. Such has been the variety of migrants arriving this week...
  • 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: 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...
  • Media: Homeward

    Female returning to the nest
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 19th March

    What a difference a week makes! In stark contrast to last week it has been cool, overcast and had a moderate breeze from the North and East, dropping the temperature and insect life considerably. The fen has had a selection of stand out species such as two cranes today, these flew in and landed in...
  • Blog Post: That was close...

    Our Kingfisher season was almost over before we started last weekend as one of the local male Peregrines made a valiant attempt to snaffle him up for breakfast. Dave Morrison saw him being persistently chased up and down the river over Aveley Bay. He dived into the Thames on several occasions but unusually...
  • Media: A Kingfisher duo