|RSPB office and farm house|
After making a slight 'detour' on the Isle of Sheppey we arrived at Elmley Marshes at about 09:20am. On the drive across the marsh to the reserve we got our target bird: MERLIN! A bird I new well in Canada but a bird that had eluded me in the UK. Anyhow, the pressure was off immediately and we had a fairly casual walk ( casual..ish..the far hide is a real slog...won't be going to that one again) around the reserve getting good looks at Marsh Harrier, including a stunning male, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel. In fact, the best opportunity I've ever had at getting a photo of a Kestrel. Other species of note included: Green Sandpiper, Bar-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Grey Plover, Oystercatcher, Curlew, Ruff, Dunlin. Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Snipe, Meadow Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, Corn Bunting and Little Egret.