After a great and boozy weekend with our lad in London we returned making a small detour to drop into Rainham Marshes. It was a bit cold and windy but at least it was dry.
There was allegedly a solitary Brambling about by the feeders at the visitor centre, but of course no sign of it when we headed out onto the reserve. Our initial goal was to stop at the first hide only a couple of minutes from the centre and have coffee. From here there were the usual wintering ducks, Wigeon, Teal and some distant Shelduck. There were also large numbers of Lapwing both on the ground and in the air. Watching Lapwing is always enjoyable and a real treat.
As we had a 3 hour drive home we couldn't afford to linger to long so set out to do the circular walk around the reserve, only really stopping for any time in the large hide about half way around to have lunch.
The walk was very productive with 41 species seen over the couple of hours we were there, not great numbers but still not bad. Photography proved to be difficult as everything was keeping its distance, but here are a few just to prove that we were there!