Started at the Dagenham Chase on Sunday morning in the light rain and very overcast conditions not ideal for photography but the male Firecrest was moving along the river Rom with two Goldcrest so the camera had to come out of its bag. They're stunning little birds.
A bit grainy due to ISO 1600 but cracking views along with Kingfisher, Grey wagtail and a wintering Chiffchaff in with the tit flock.
Then it was off to Rainham Marshes and I wasn't even out of the car when I added a Short-eared Owl to the day list as one stood on a traffic cone out on Wennington Marsh. With the car window down and some record shots of the SEO on the memory card, out of nowhere a calling Dartford Warbler was on top of a bush just left of the Owl. A very welcome site year tick!
A male Marsh Harrier and three Short-eared Owls kept interested the whole afternoon.
Another good day out locally........