James, Imi and I went to Rainham on Monday, just for a couple of hours in the afternoon, with the objective of fluffing up our yearlists a bit. We had sunshine and showers... but mostly showers. Apologies for the dingy photos which follow... however, there are not many of them.
From the visitor centre, a really smart male Marsh Harrier was cruising about upsetting the crows. It was already drizzling so we dived straight into the Purfleet hide and enjoyed watching the Wigeons milling about on the shallow waters.
From the Tower Butts hide, I mostly stuck to the back looking out at Aveley Marshes and hoping that the Shortie would reappear (it didn't). There were masses of Teals on the water on both sides and the odd sparkly-white Little Egret.
From the last bit of path we added Curlew and Pintail. Then it was time for a cuppa, and we had a quick walk along the first bit of the riverside before heading home.