Limpy and I thought it would be the perfect way to celebrate a wedding anniversary - a lovely return visit to Rainham Marshes. Sadly, the ravens that appeared last Thursday had disappeared just as suddenly - but we saw plenty of other stuff:
The very first photo I took shows off the beautiful colours in a magpie's tail!
I don't usually snap plants but as this particular one had a big warning sign advertising it I thought it should be included. That big, dark berry is deadly nightshade - I learn something new every day.
I don't know what variety this is but it wasn't doing very much.
Finally managed to catch this gracefully flying corvid! I usually have to snap these when they're stationary.
A bum party!
A horde of incoming lapwings.
A statuesque cormorant.
Starling Towers - room with a view, anyone?
I love these frogs - they've really mastered the concept of dead-pan!
Grey herons are just amazing at standing still - unlike me!
This grey lag goose was one of two which came right over my head.
Was he remotely bothered? No.
A little grebe enjoying some peace and quiet.
A kestrel with its meal.
Off it goes!
And back again. What a gorgeous bird.
One of many house sparrows.
Jack the Egret and a sleeping giant......
In safer waters!
Are you watching me?
I'm not sure I like this - I'm off!
Many thanks to the staff at Rainham who made us so welcome today - and the lemon drizzle cake was seriously yummy!
Our herring gulls are red listed birds. Think about that the next time you hear some flaming idiot calling for a cull of them.
In reply to bob's_retired_now:
It's now an amazing 14 years for us, Bob! Lemon drizzle cake is a perfect way to celebrate anything.
34 years is very impressive! Well done, both of you.
In reply to Clare:
Happy anniversary to you both! Glad you had a good day at Rainham :)
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In reply to aiki:
Congrats C & L - good way to celebrate!!
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In reply to WendyBartter:
Congratulations on your anniversary :-) Personally I overlooked the lemon drizzle cake when we went to Rainham recently in favour of something disgustingly chocolaty (which should probably be illegal it had so many calories in it!), but I'll be sure to try it next time (purely in the interests of scientific research you understand). :-)
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In reply to Whistling Joe:
Let me guess.........to see if it's true that one slice adds half a foot to the waistline? That would certainly be the effect in my case!!
It depends - we were on holiday last week, so it wasn't a problem (it's a well known scientific fact that cake has no calories when you're on holiday so it doesn't matter how much of it you eat).
Honest, that's true.
Really, it is.
Glad you both had a good day out on your anniversary you certainly saw plenty, I hope you have many more anniversaries to celebrate and enjoy.
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