THE BIRDFAIR.

 

 

The event takes place every August at Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton Nature Resreve, Rutland Water. It is a joined event with RSPB and The Wildlife Trusts Leicestershire & Rutland.

This event attracts lots of birdwatchers who are looking for a destination for birdwatching. But not only do you get birders who come at this event, but also non-birders who are looking for a holiday tours.

In this event, you get tour companies from all over the world trying to promote their tours. Beside tour companies, you also get to see or buy books (new or second hand), Cameras, Telescopes, Binoculars, Outdoor clothes / shoes, art and many more. There is also a BTO ringing stall at the birdfair, where you have a chance to see birds that close.

 

Well, Kenya’s first birdfair was in 2006 and were in the same stand with Turtle Bay. Since 2006 Kenya Birding and Turtle Bay have been together in the same stand. My first birdfair was in 2007 helping my other colleagues from Kenya also.

 

At the 2012 birdfair, we were lucky to have David Lindo known as " The Urban Birder" at the Kenya Birding stand.

On Saturday the 18th of August 2012, we had a short birding at Rutland Waters and from a hide we saw bird species like: 1. Cormrant. 2. Grey Heron. 3. Mute Swan. 4. Canada Goose. 5. Gadwall. 6. Osprey. 7. Moorhen. 8. Coot. 9. Lapwing. 10. Black-headed Gull. 11. Common Tern. 12. Wood Pigeon. 13. Sand Martin. 14. Barn Swallow. and 15. House Martin.

 

The BTO had a ringing demo stand at the birdfair. At their stand in 2012, I saw 3 different bird species which were ringed Garden Warbler, Reed Warbler and Chiffchaff.

Nature Kenya has published magazines called Kenya Birding which were given free at their stand at the birdfair.

EAST TILBURY.

 

 

 

East Tilbury is part of Thames Seawatching Stations in Essex. From the East Tilbury Rail station, you take the right hand road to Coalhouse Fort which about 20-30mins walk.

Coalhouse Fort is located along the Thames estuary which is good place to see the Wades along the mudflats during the low tide. I went to East Tilbury on 25th of August 2012 with the London bird club. To know the tide tables log on to www.pla.co.uk/display-fixedpage.cfm/id/11

On that day, we saw species like:- 1. Yellow-legged Gull. 2. Black-headed Gull. 3. Great Black-backed Gull. 4. Grey Plover. 5. Lapwing. 6. Oystercatcher. 7. Curlew. 8. Pied Avocet. 9. Little Egret. 10. Barn Swallow. 11. House Martin. 12. Hobby. 13. Sparrowhawk. 14. Kestrel. 15. Whinchat. 16. Stonechat. 17. Goldfinch. 18. Whitethroat. 19. Shelduck. 20. Stock Dove. 21. Wood Pigeon. 22. Common Sandpiper and 23. Starling.

 

Rainham Marshes and Two Tree Island.

On 2nd of September, I joined a group of birders. We went to two places for birding, one at Rainham Marshes and the other at Two Tree Island. Our first stop was at Rainham Marshes, but we didn’t go in the RSPB reservoir. But we did see bird species like Little Egret, Hobby, Barn Swallows and 2 Wheatear.

Our last and final stop was at Two Tree Island where we had our lunch. This was my first time to visit Two Tree Island. Two Tree Island is a good place to look for waders and there are few hides along the trail to look for waders and non-waders.

 

 

The following is the list of birds that we saw at Rainham Marshes and Two Tree Island.

At Rainham Marshes: - 1. Cormorant. 2. Little Egret. 3. Hobby. 4. Black-headed Gull. 5. Barn Swallow. 6. Wheatear and 7. Whitethroat.

At Two Tree Island : - 1. Little Egret. 2. Teal. 3. Oystercatcher. 4. Avocet. 5. Ringed Plover. 6. Grey Plover. 7. Lapwing. 8. Turnstone. 9. Dunlin. 10. Redshank. 11. Greenshank. 12. Black-tailed Godwit. 13. Bar-tailed Godwit. 14. Curlew. 15. Whimbrel. 16. Black-headed Gull. 17. Common Gull. 18. Wood Pigeon and 19. Magpie.

Theobald’s Park and New River in (Hertfordshire).

On Sunday the 21st of October, I went for birding along the Theobald’s Park and New River in Hertfordshire. I travelled by train to Theobald’s Grove Rail Station from London Liverpool Street Rail Station which is about half an hour (30 min) journey.

I met Brian Dawton (Leader) at the Theobald’s Grove Rail Station. From the station, we walked to Theobald’s Park and New River. Our first stop was along a farm land and we were looking for Golden Plovers which we did see about 3 flying at the close view, but we saw about c100 Golden Plovers miles away up in the clouds. We also saw a flock of Linnets, Jackdaws, Pheasants and Carrion Crows.

On our way to the New River, we saw 3 Meadow Pipits and I had best view to see these Pipits. Along the New River, we saw a single Grey Wagtail.

Below is the final list of birds that we saw in 3 hrs.

1. Cormorant. 2. Mallard. 3. Gadwall. 4. Common Buzzard. 5. Pheasant. 6. Moorhen. 7. Coot. 8. Golden Plover. 9. Black-headed Gull. 10. Woodpigeon. 11. Feral Pigeon. 12. Green Woodpecker. 13. Meadow Pipit. 14. Pied Wagtail. 15. Grey Wagtail. 16. Wren. 17. Dunnock. 18. Redwing. 19. Mistle Thrush. 20. Blackbird. 21. Blue Tit. 22. Long-tailed Tit. 23. Jay. 24. Jackdaw. 25. Carrion Crow. 26. Starling. 27. Chaffinch. 28. Linnet. 29. Goldfinch and 30. Greenfinch.

 

 

 

Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea.

 

On the 17th of November 2012, I was with a group of birders from London bird club. We had to meet at Leigh-on-Sea station and from there we walked to two tree island. But before we went to the two tree island, our first visit was to the town and walked along the path to look for waders in the mud flats. Here we saw about 100-150 Brent Goose. This species of Geese are only seen during the winter at these mud flats. I was luck to see them as they were lifer to me. Beside the Goose, we had seen Little Egret, Common/Black-headed/Great Black-backed Gull, Pied Wagtail, Bar-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Turnstone and Oystercatcher.

Below is a photo of a flock of Brent Goose.

From there, we walked to Two Tree Island and saw more waders plus land birds. We went to a bird hide and were in the hide for at least 1 hour. From the hide, we saw Dunlin, Lapwing, Ringed Plover, Turnstone, Grey Plover, Common Snipe, Knot (lifer), Redshank and Meadow Pipit.

Below is a photo of a Turnstone.

The following is the list of birds that we saw :-

1.Cormorant. 2.Little Egret. 3.Grey Heron. 4.Brent Goose. 5.Mallard. 6. Wigeon. 7.Teal. 8.Kestrel. 9.Moorhen. 10.Coot. 11.Oystercatcher. 12.Ringed Plover. 13.Grey Plover. 14.Lapwing. 15.Knot. 16.Turnstone. 17.Dunlin. 18.Redshank. 19.Greenshank. 20.Bar-tailed Godwit. 21.Curlew. 22.Snipe. 23.Black-headed Gull. 24.Common Gull. 25.Herring Gull. 26.Great black-backed Gull. 27.Feral Pigeon. 28.Wood Pigeon. 29.Green Woodpecker. 30.Meadow Pipit. 31.Pied Wagtail. 32.Blackbird. 33.Magpie. 34.Carrion Crow. 35.Starling. 36.Chaffinch. 37.Goldfinch and 38.Reed Bunting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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