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Bird photographs from 2010

Green Woodpecker

A Green woodpecker feeds among the anthills developing on the grassland scrub. 2nd June 2012

Green Woodpecker feeding on the large grassland. Ants are its favourite food although berries and acorns are eaten in winter. The red on the moustache indicates that this is a male. Photos © Colin Carron. 17th December 2015.
Greater spotted woodpecker



The Greater spotted woodpecker is often heard drumming on trees searching for grubs in the bark of old trees. The bird pictured left is a female as it lacks the red spot on the nape or back of head.

Photo ©  Colin Carron.

Late January 2015.


Hen pheasant near golf course. Photo © Michael Rumble 28th May 2012

Cock pheasant near golf course. Photo © Michael Rumble 28th May 2012

 Two cock pheasants were embattled in establishing territories on the 26th February 2014. Heads down they face each other, then the attacker rushes forward with tail erect, then a fight ensues.  Pheasants can do damage with their sharp spurs, Photo © Brian Ecott

Pheasant near golf course. Photo © Michael Rumble 28th May 2012

Colin Carron © photographed this young pheasant in a willow bush. 

11th September 2015


A flock of Starlings feeding on emerging Craneflies or Daddy longlegs on the amenity grassland 26th September 2010. Photo © Brian Ecott

Starling showing glossy sheen. Photo ©  Michael Rumble 7th April 2015.

A flock of juvenile Starlings take off near the Country Park entrance, They feed for grubs in the grassland by day and roost in woodland at dusk. Photograph shows the Weeping willow in the background at the entrance. Photo © Colin Carron 24th August 2014.
Little owl
Little Owl fledgling at Hainault Lodge. Photo © Francis Castro
Mistle thrush

The Mistle thrush is a resident bird but might migrate within the country.

It sings early, and often nests in February. 18th February 2016.

Photo © Colin Carron

A Mistle thrush finds a worm on a green on the Golf course.

Photograph © Michael Rumble 13th June 2014.



The Redwing pictured left is often accompanied by the Fieldfare as winter visitors here. The Redwing is the smallest of the thrushes and feeds on the hawthorn berries in hard winters. The two head stripes and the red flanks distinguish it from the song thrush.. In spring it migrates to Scandinavia with a few staying in  northern Scotland.

Photo © Colin Carron

late January 2015.

Black-headed gulls

On the 5th January 2015 at newly erected posts marking the car park were occupied by Black-headed gulls. This was a common sight prior to the posts' removal before the Olympics in 2012.


Black-headed gulls in winter plumage on posts main car park overflow.

 26th January 2012 Photo © Brian Ecott



Black-headed gulls in winter plumage fly over the lake. Photo © Michael Rumble  3rd December 2015.

Black-headed gull on the lake. The head is actually brown, and the eye liner is white. The Black-headed gull is present throughout the winter here, and they are just developing their summer plumage. Photo © Colin Carron. April 2015.

Black-headed gull summer plumage 1st April 2012  Photo © Brian Ecott

A Black-headed gull in winter plumage walking on an ice sheet on the lake. There is a grey patch behind the eye. The bill is orange tipped with black.

Photo  ©  Michael Rumble  14th December 2014

Black-headed gull in flight over the lake. Black-headed gulls are winter residents here at Hainault. Photo ©  Michael Rumble  18th December 2014.


Black headed gulls in winter plumage over the lake. In winter there is a small black spot behind the eye, but in the summer the whole head turns a dark brown. Pictures © Michael Rumble 9th December 2012.

Flight of the Heron.  Composite picture © Michael Rumble. 11th March 2016,
Heron perching over Sheepwater. Photo ©  Michael Rumble 30th August 2014

Series of three pictures of a Heron attempting to land  in a bush.  Photo ©  Michael Rumble  9th December 2014.


Heron flying over lake. Photo © Michael Rumble 10th December 2012


Swallows on wire by farm buildings Photo   Michael Rumble

Aerial shots of Swallows  Photos ©  Colin Carron  24th August 2014

Above and below: Photographs of Swallows flying low over the grassland catching insects. Colin Carron has captured the speed and acrobatic agility in flight in these photographs. At this time of year it is important for the birds to build up fat reserves to fly back to their wintering grounds in South Africa in September or October. Some travel over the Saharan Desert where many die of starvation or exhaustion. Photographs ©  Colin Carron, 24th August 2014.

Swallows just arrived by the farm. 5th May 2013.


A robin in the snow around the café  Photo © Michael Rumble

January 18th 2013

Robin held by Country Park Manager Paul Browne after being caught in the Global café.  Photo © Michael Rumble 5th February 2013

Beautiful picture of a Robin,  Photo © Michael Rumble.  3rd March 2016

Another festive picture The Robin appears on millions of Christmas Cards in the UK. Here Colin Carron captured this delightful picture lit by the rare sunshine this month on Christmas eve.

Photo © Colin Carron  23rd December 2015..

 A Robin's territory has to be defended, and singing is part of this in fine weather and even in a gale.   Photos ©  Michael Rumble 3rd and 15th April 2015.

Jay.  Photos © Michael Rumble  18th March 2013  Jays search for acorns which they have hidden in the autumn.


Jackdaws nesting on forge chimney. Photo © Michael Rumble 25th July 2013.


Above: Jackdaw on grassland near farm  Photo © Michael Rumble 25th July 2013

Leucistic Jackdaw at the Café. Some of the wing feathers are white.

3rd November 2015. Photo ©  Michael Rumble.

Pied wagtail

Young Pied Wagtail on gate. Photo © Michael Rumble 25 July 2013.

  Pied wagtail in the snow around the café  Photos © Michael Rumble

January 18th 2013

The Pied wagtail is common in an around the short grassland especially around the café. Photo ©  Colin Carron  8th June 2015.

Blue Tit

Blue tit pictures © Michael Rumble

Blue Tit chicks in willow by lake. 28th May 2014









Above: CORMORANTS  on floats in lake. 

Photo: 19.01.05. ©  Brian Ecott



Left: CORMORANTS roosting and wing drying on the lake island. Will they perhaps nest here? 

Photo: 16.01.05. ©  Brian Ecott


The Ash tree on the lake island is a favourite place for perching cormorants The bird on the right with the white breast feathers is a juvenile. 11th November 2016      Photo © Michael Rumble.

Cormorants perching on the lake's island.  23rd December 2014.

Cormorant wing drying 14th October 2011 on the Lake.

A Cormorant takes off from the lake on the 27th July 2014. Photo © Michael Rumble.

Cormorant boating. Photo © Michael Rumble  1st December 2015

Fishing legal for Cormorants!  8th July 2016. Photo ©  Brian Ecott The speckled breast of this Cormorant show that it is one of this years brood. Photo ©  Michael Rumble  9th December 2014.

Cormorant in flight.  6th June 2016  Photos ©  Colin Carron

Cormorant flying with the wing primaries caught in the sun.   Picture © Michael Rumble.  4th December 2015.

Cormorant on the lake, wing drying after fishing underwater. Photo © Michael Rumble 1st December 2012


Goldfinch. Photo © Colin Carron  17th December 2015

Goldfinch 10th April 2016. Photo © Michael Rumble

Grey wagtail
A family of Grey wagtails fledged along the stream which eventually becomes Seven Kings Water. Photos © Colin Caron and taken at the foot of the lake waterfall. A good record for the forest. They were noted as a breeding bird here by the late Mike Dennis in 2006.  7th July 2016.
Common whitethroat

Common whitethroat with a moth (Angle shades) 15th June 2016. Photos ©  Colin Carron

Much bird song can be heard throughout the woodland and scrub areas. Migrant warbler species are arriving, including this Warbler species photographed by © Michael Rumble 26th April 2014.


Roy Woodward (Essex Bird Recorder, London Natural History Society) writes "Your photos show adult Dunnocks, with the one with a raised wing being a nice photo showing part of courtship display."   Photos ©  Michael Rumble   7th April 2015.


A Charm, a Murder, a Congregation, a Mischief, a Gulp, or a Tittering of Magpies!  Photo ©  Michael Rumble   21st June 2016.





The Magpie is common throughout the forest and especially around the farm and cafe.

Colin Carron pictured this magpie to show the iridescence of the feathers in full sunlight. The blue, green and the purple sheen on the tail feathers are all seen in the photograph,

©  February 2015

Magpie in flight. The picture clearly shows the ten mainly white primary feathers and the ten blue secondary feathers on the wing tips. For more details of feathers go to the feathers page.   © Colin Carron  25th November 2014.
Long-tailed tit
Three pictures of a Long-tailed tit searching for nesting material in the branches. The picture immediately above shows a beak full of gossamer.   

Photo  ©  Michael Rumble


Colin photographed one of our smallest birds -  the Wren. It flits about low in the shrubs and brambles perching typically with its tail raised. 4th April 2016.

Photo © Colin Caron

Wren bringing food to fledglings that have left the nest. 9th July 2015. Photograph ©  Colin Carron The Wren is often seen flitting from low scrub and bramble and the woodland areas. Colin Carron managed to photograph this one. 17th April 2015.

Three images of a male kestrel showing the steel grey head and the grey tail with the black bars 4th April 2016. Photo © Colin Carron


A couple of close up photographs of a Buzzard soaring overhead in the Country Park.  Photos ©  Colin Carron. 


 Nuthatch foraging on the ground.  7th March 2016. Photos © Colin Carron

A Nuthatch searches for insects and grubs in crevices in the bark of trees. Photos © Colin Carron   18th February 2016


This little acrobat  the Goldcrest searches for small insects. Together with the Wren and the Firecrest the Goldcrest is the smallest of our birds. 

Photos © Colin Carron  18th February 2016.

The Goldcrest (along with the Firecrest) are said by the RSPB to be Britain's smallest birds.

In the winter months the Goldcrest moves from coniferous areas to broadleaf woodlands and other sites in the search of insects.


The magnificent Goldcrest pictures (above and left) were taken by Colin Carron and show it searching under the leaves of holly for insects, aphids and spiders for food.  Photos © Colin Carron  late January 2015.




Great tit

Great tit foraging amongst the leaf litter. The yellow breast with the black bib which forms a black stripe down the belly is an important pattern marker for rivalry among male birds - the wider the band the higher the ranking of the bird. At this time of year a distinctive call is heard "teacher teacher" which is also described as a the noise of a bicycle pump inflating a tyre.

Photo © Colin Carron February 2015.