The North Kent Marshes are one of only 3 British strongholds for breeding Shoveler. The larger bird left of the male at first sight looks it could be the female but it is actually a young bird from an earlier brood.
Here the size is now apparent with a very young male also in the creche
Not so sunny today with some very dark grey clouds (sun just shining through a small gap to the west)
The photos below were from a site to the south east of the main reserve on a slight hill. The views were very impressive with a view of the capital on one side and turning 180 degrees a sight of the North Sea.