This blog is about my birding exploits, which mainly take place in the Weymouth/Portland area, in Dorset. Will also include stuff from elsewhere, plus some other critters too. Hope you enjoy. All photographs are © Brett Spencer, unless indicated otherwise. The above image is of a Siberian Rubythroat, taken in Holland in 2016.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Yesterdays Radipole Car Park Yellow-legger

Cracking views of this mostly juvenile Yellow-legged Gull yesterday.

And finally, one more of the juvenile male Garganey at Radipole Lake from today, showing wing detail.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Garganey at Radipole Lake

Stunning views of a juvenile at Radipole Lake today.

This 1st-calendar year Yellow-legged Gull also performed admirably at Radipole today. 

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Caspian Gull at Southwold, Suffolk

Though there was a Purple Gallinule to enjoy, I must admit, it was the chance of seeing a Caspian Gull that was at the forefront of my mind. Seeing that there were 2 juveniles the previous day at Southwold Quay, we decided to pay a visit. On arrival there were no Caspos on view. After a little wait though, I picked up a juvenile flying in. I then located it on the harbour wall with other large gulls. This was the first juvenile I'd seen of this species, so I was rather excited.

This particular individual was colour ringed.

Lovely patterning on the rear neck.

Note, there are a couple of new 1st-winter scapulars coming through.

The closest living relative of this species is the Giraffe.

In certain postures, looked very snouty.

It totally failed the bread test. ;-)


Purple Gallinule At Minsmere, Suffolk

Thanks to the kind offer of a lift by Chris Patrick, got to see this stunning first for Britain. Have previously seen the species in both Portugal and Spain. Minsmere was excellent, with a back up cast of Bittern, Marsh Harrier, 29 Little Gulls, 7 Spotted Redshank, Little Stint, 4 Little Ringed Plovers and 5 Ruff.

The Purple Gallinule was sooo blue.

Takes a size 12 shoe, I believe.


Marsh Harrier

First time I'd seen one of these dark headed juveniles with the pale colouration restricted to the nape.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

The Way Forward For Conservation In Britain

Wildlife conservation organisations need to work closely together to still get the funding, like they have from the EU.

The only way to get it through the thick skulls of modern politicians, is to tell them what they want to hear. Tell them -

1. How many paid jobs wildlife conservation supports.

2. How much wildlife conservation contributes to the economy.

3. How important wildlife and the environment is to the mental well being of people.

Has to be in that order. Perhaps then, they will listen. When it comes to the economy, worth highlighting areas where wildlife has the most impact.

Remember, the money from the EU was ours in the first place. We now need our government to direct the same, if not more funding to conservation in the future.

Think positive, please.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Little Bittern In Somerset

A couple of flight views of this stunning male, but sadly, not captured brilliantly with the camera.

Also, Great White Egret.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Great Knot

Certainly made me work for it. After dipping on it a couple of weeks ago, finally caught up with the classy looking adult summer that had been residing at Titchwell and surrounding areas, in Norfolk. My first definite new bird this year. Good scope views were had, so only record shots to share with you.

Spot the Great Knot.

During the two visits to Titchwell, it certainly provided some excellent birding, with Spoonbill, 8 Spotted Redshanks, 3 Little Gulls, a few Mediterranean Gulls, 6 Red-crested Pochards, Little Ringed Plover, Ruff, Barn Owl, Marsh Harriers, Hobby, Cuckoo, booming Bittern and, of course, stacks of Avocets. An impressive site indeed.