A bit of Essexy birding

I had a good day at Rainham Marshes in Essex today. I got a new bird, Bean Goose; also saw peregrine, loads of ducks (wigeon, pintail, gadwall, shoveler, shelduck etc), stonechat, meadow pipit, huge numbers of lapwing, ruff, possible water rail, and the most obliging bird of the day, this extremely tame Slavonian Grebe:

Ah, the wonders of iPhone digiscoping.

And the most entertaining sighting of the day was an extremely manic and not-at-all-shy stoat which was scampering around the place like a mad thing.

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