There has been several Bearded Tit reports from Rainham over the last few weeks, possibly up to three broods were being seen on and off , particularly around the Dragonfly pools and the Northern trail.
For me they remained elusive, I still had not managed to see a single sighting of this good looking bird here at Rainham.
My luck was about to change though, as I approached the Dragonfly pools area, a fellow birder said that he had just been watching two juvenile Bearded Tits in the reedbed and was sure they were still in the area.
|Dragonfly Pools at Rainham RSPB reserve|
but always partially obscured by the reeds.
Finally, as I was about to leave the area, one of the Juveniles flew up on to reed stem allowing me to get a photograph.
Another reed-bed resident checking out what all the fuss is about.
Plenty of dragonflies on view around the pools,
still plenty of Black tailed Skimmers.
Emperor dragonflies were quite numerous, with several females ovipositing.
Male and female Ruddy Darters around the reed beds
Not so many Damselflies at the moment only saw a few Blue Tailed Damselfly
A Brown Hawker was flying around the pools much to the Emperors annoyance it seemed, never came close enough for a photograph.
Little Grebe Family resident on the Dragonfly pools are still doing well.
A family of Coots raising their second brood.