Wednesday, 19 May 2010


Elmley RSPB reserve on the Isle of Sheppey  is a fantastic place for birds but you need to be fairly fit to walk to the far hide at Spitend and the tide needs to be rising.On monday I arrived fairly early and had the place  to myself for four hours ,bliss.The entrance track is very good for seeing lapwing, redshank oystercatchers yellow wagtails and skylarks in close up using your car as a mobile hide.Avocets are the main attraction on the scrapes but a pair of spoonbills were sleeping,as usual, there on monday too distant to photograph but they did in fact wake up later on and one was an adult male with a fine yellow spatula.Reed and sedge warblers are fairly easy to see as are marsh harriers,other raptors included a pair of buzzards and two hobbies,one of which posed nicely if not quite  close enough to the road.Other sites on Sheppey are Capel Fleet ,Shellness and Warden Point.

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