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Saturday, 13 February 2016

High water and floating debris

Wednesday and Thursday brought us very high Spring Tides at Rainham Marshes, and since I was there on Thursday and since the sun was shining, I made a last-moment decision to see if I could capture the extent of the tide with another timelapse.

I didn't really get in place soon enough, because the tide was already quite well in and filling the gully in the mud that I wanted for my foreground, but I set up anyway and shot nearly 4000 stills over a 2 hour period.

In hindsight, I'm also sure that I could have chosen a better location to shoot from to show just how high the water level was. In particular, I hadn't realised (doh!) that the debris in front of me would float when the tide came right in. I was expecting to see the water surface!

Still - I'm happy with what I achieved.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

The Weasel and the Short-tailed Field Vole (deceased)

Some friends and I were heading from Rainham Marshes' MDZ to the Purfleet Hide this morning when we noticed a small, fast, brown shape bounding along the path towards us.

The shape quickly turned into a Weasel and it's latest prey, a Short-tailed Field Vole.

As the Weasel approached, it seemed to suddenly realise that we were there, dropped the vole and quickly hid in the grass at the side of the path. Knowing that the Weasel wouldn't want to miss out on this nutritious lunch, we moved on a short distance and waited.
Sure enough, less than a minute later, out came the weasel to claim it's prize and take it off towards the MDZ.

My top wildlife moment of the day!