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 Wallcreeper, taken in Spain in 2010.

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.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Woodchat Shrike

On Friday, went out to look at this 1st-summer female just North of Martinstown. Didn't know who had found it at time and went to check it out, to rule out Balearic Woodchat. This bird was in the middle of bloody nowhere, so was an excellent find. The finder, I found out subsequently, was Dave Chown. What a birder he is, just top notch and a true gent to boot.




Thursday, 9 June 2016

Montagu's Harrier

A graceful beauty.



Monday, 6 June 2016

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Red-backed Shrike At Radipole Lake

This was the fourth Red-backed Shrike I've seen at Radipole Lake, but the first one there in Spring. A stunning male too.