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Coalhouse Fort Meetup

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Meet at Coalhouse Fort at Midday. We hope to see large flocks of waders coming in for the high tide roost. Beautiful flight clouds can be seen as thousands of Dunlin and hundreds of Avocets fly in spectacular formations. Mid focal length lenses are probably best and videos look good.


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  • Steve S.

    Great to see some excellent shots from the afternoon. Weather was great and we got to see some flocks in flight - shame we seemed to lose the dunlin flocks to the Jet skis. At least you all know when and where for another time :)

    January 21, 2014

  • Alison J.

    Many thanks Steve and Dave! Lovely to be out in the sunshine, first time I have had a go at murmurations. Still lots to learn!

    January 20, 2014

  • Tim M.

    What a lovely day and a great place. Never been there before but will definitely go again. Bit hampered with the wife's new knee joint but down by the tower was nice. To far for the hike east but another day perhaps

    January 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Damn, if i knew we were taking pictures of birds i would have taken one of the barmaid in the pub.

    January 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    ps thanks for the lift Russ.

    January 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoyable day. Shame we didn't see more birds or get closer to them but the murmurations of the Avocets were lovely. I didn't even know birds murmurated but i guess when needs must. Nice sunny day if a bit muddy. Nice pub afterwards, few beers,football on the box, good chat and Manure UTD lost.... RESULT!!!

    January 20, 2014

  • Neil P.

    Thanks for having me along, nice to meet some new faces (and some I already knew )

    January 20, 2014

  • Dave C.

    Thanks to those attending and especially Steve for the bird and ground condition tips! Shame the idiots in the jet ski's turned up although I suspect they may have contributed to some good pics! The light was good and later the Avocets produced a good spectacle.
    There is an album open to put you pics in.

    1 · January 19, 2014

  • Jackie T.

    Glad the weather was kind for you all today. Look forward to seeing the photos

    January 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very good and nice to see so many photographers turn up, a bit cold but sunny and very enjoyable, I certainly needed the Wellies though with the mud everywhere . Thanks to the organizers. Ray

    January 19, 2014

  • Michelle

    Gorgeous afternoon, even if the birds weren't very cooperative! Enjoyed my first meetup and look forward to the next. Thanks, m

    January 19, 2014

  • Tim M.

    See you there

    January 19, 2014

  • Russell H.

    No problem Peter, I will meet you at 11.30am. Any problems give me a call on[masked]

    January 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Russ. I looked at the weather forecast and it was cloudy but no rain, unlike the last trip in that direction haha. See you Sunday.

      January 14, 2014

    • Russell H.

      Peter, assume you are still going? see you at 11.30

      January 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It will be great seeing you all tomorrow hopefully I won't get lost on route this area is new to me . Looks like the weather is going to be dry which makes a change but still have to decide Wellies or Walking Boots or even Flippers. See you Noon. Ray

    January 18, 2014

    • Steve S.

      Scuba or snorkel :) Seriously - Wellies are best! - I was wading through ankle deep water today to access HT roost. Walking boots are ok for the paved routes. :)

      January 18, 2014

  • Dave C.

    For anyone still unsure of the way there if you locate Buckingham Hill Road on the old A13 now A1013 between Orsett Cock Pub and Stanford-le-Hope you just keep going straight for a few miles till you reach the car park!

    January 18, 2014

  • Sylvia B.

    Are we meeting in the car park?

    January 18, 2014

    • Dave C.

      Yes, meet in the car park at Coalhouse Fort at midday.

      January 18, 2014

  • Graham H.

    Hi Guys
    What lens best for this location. I have[masked] and[masked]
    (Probably bring everything as usual and sink in the mud!!)

    January 16, 2014

    • Dave C.

      If i had to take one I'd go for the[masked] in case we see any other birds of prey etc. when you will get a better shot with the longer telephoto.

      January 18, 2014

  • Trevor

    Portrait group meet up on same day!!!?

    January 18, 2014

  • BASIL T.

    There is a possibility we won't make it. We are on a morning shoot at Hyde Park covering a race, which got very big, so not clear about the end time...Have a good day if we don't see you.

    January 17, 2014

  • Steve S.

    Hi folks, Dave C asked me to paste this.

    Coalhouse is very wet and muddy at the moment. Having watched emergency services take 2hrs to extract a guy with a suspected broken ankle last week, I'd recommend wellies and great care on Sunday.

    Most wader murmuration is 1/3mile downstream of fort (over salt marshes), although there are other species along the whole area. I saw a Red-throated diver fly overhead by the Radar Tower on my last visit. To view the HT Roost needs a walk through mud and pooling water but then the area I showed you to view from is ok. For those mobility impaired or wanting to keep their feet dry, I suggest :

    1. walk down sea wall for 1 mile to prominant positions, accessing from the gravel path off the eastern tarmac fort path.

    2. Take the shorter 1/4mile walk to the radar tower, accessed by the tarmac path past the Fort entrance and adjoining children's play area.

    Hope the weather is kind and hope that this helps,

    Steve

    January 16, 2014

    • Steve S.

      Dropped down to check today and the above applies. Tarmac and concrete walkways are fine but grass bank walk from Radar Tower to Moats is treacherous (quicker and much safer to walk around via tarmac paths). Walking to High Tide Roost across SSSI area from sea wall starts through pooled water and mud, but area then is ok. Lots to see and photograph though. Bird highlights today: 26 Corn Bunting, Merlin, Marsh Harrier, distant Iceland gull and Kittiwake (from radar tower) following ships, Spectacular HT roost c6000 Dunlin (see photos), 1500+ avocet and of course ... my wife! The car park and St Catherines Churchyard area held lots of finches and tits, thrushes, blackbirds, robins, doves and a jay! No birdfeeders unfortunately, but I've seen them use any that visitors bring and place in a quiet spot, or should they drop a loose handful of seed within their sight and sit and wait.

      January 16, 2014

    • Dave C.

      Thanks for all the info Steve. Fingers crossed on the weather.

      1 · January 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Russ, i see you're going. Any chance of a lift ( i'll share petrol money). I could meet you at the bus stop before the hospital. Cheers.

    January 13, 2014

  • kevin C.

    Hi looking foreword to sunday, hope we good weather.

    January 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi. Everybody Hopefully I can make this one, I will probably drive around the M25 & turn off A13 I think that's right without looking at the map anyway It sounds good never been here before. Ray

    December 20, 2013

  • Graham H.

    Well done Steve!!

    December 16, 2013

  • Dave C.

    Please note time and date change above. This is due to Steve pointing out that the high tide is a low one the weekend we chose and so birds will be further out and not so good. Also at the time we would be there we will be looking straight into the sun. This new date will have a higher tide and hopefully a better display and the sun will be behind us. Apologies for the inconvenience this may cause.

    December 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If i can get a lift i would def like to come.

    December 9, 2013

  • Jackie T.

    Sounds good hope to be there

    December 6, 2013

  • Patrick

    Away in India so cannot make this one I'm afraid.

    December 6, 2013

  • kim r.

    Have fun. I'll be in Laos

    December 5, 2013

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