Saturday, 15 September 2012

Baillon's Crake at Rainham Marshes

A bad start to the day with Brendan waiting at the "three horseshoes" and me waiting outside his house. Once this was sorted we headed off to Rainham Marshes arriving shortly after 06:00. We made our way round to the "shooting butts" hide which was already packed with birders. We were informed that the Baillon's Crake had been showing well for about 10 minutes just before we arrived. We feared that our early morning mix up might have cost us any chance of seeing the bird. During the next hour we had two very brief flight views of the Baillon's Crake. Then out of the reeds in front of the hide it appeared and gave us great for just over 5 minutes before disappearing back into the reeds. What a relief!
From the reserve we went around to the landfill site on Coldharbour Lane where there were not many gulls around although we did manage 2 Yellow-legged Gulls.

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