Feb 112014

Last week was rather different in that I went to Essex to see friends and do some bird watching.   We decided on Fingringhoe Wick.   Although the weather has been pretty ropey recently, we actually had a good day with sunshine and only one short shower of rain.

There were spectacular numbers of curlew, redshank, avocet and dunlin moving in on the tide.   Black-throated and red-throated divers were feeding in the River Colne at high tide.   Marsh harriers reminding me of the North Kent Marshes.

Bittern in the Reeds

Bittern in the Reeds

The star of the show however was a bittern, which was brilliantly camouflaged on the far side of the lake.   I did manage to take some rather bad photographs and I have indicated the bird on the shot below – just in case you don’t believe there is a bittern there!