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, 8 April 2012

Blast From The Past (April)

Now I know it's only a Spoonbill, but thought this bird was rather handsome. This fine adult summer individual was on Lodmoor in 2003.

A Hoopoe with it's crest up. This bird was on the Portland in 2003.

This female Ring-necked Duck was on The Fleet at Abbotsbury Swannery in 2003.

This stunningly beautiful adult Purple Heron had taken up temporary residence at Sherford Bridge, in the Wareham Forest, in 2005. Remains to this day, the best views I've had of this wonderful creature.

An absolutely terrible photo of a Blue-headed Wagtail at Abbotsbury Swannery in 2006.

Another Fleet goody. Better photo this time too. A female Woodchat Shrike at Merry Hill in 2006.

One of my favourite birds. An exquisite summer plumaged Slavonian Grebe at Swineham Gravel Pits in 2008.

Cattle Egret on The Fleet at Abbotsbury Swannery in 2008.

Found this Black Kite on The Fleet at Littlesea in 2008.

Whilst looking for Puffins on Portland in 2009, I came across this beauty. A blue Fulmar. Note the dark underwing.

Here it is again on the right, with a, locally, more typical Fulmar trailing behind.

Undoubtedly, one of the highlights of 2011, in Dorset, was this gorgeous female Red-flanked Bluetail at Durlston.

If only it had been a male. Still, can't complain.

This Short-toed Lark was on Portland in 2011. Can you see it? Click on the photo to make it bigger if you can't.

The Whiskered Tern at Swineham Gravel Pits in 2011. Stunner!

A gorgeous spring Ortolan Bunting at the brilliant Longham Lakes in 2011.

Last, but by no means least, rounding off what was a sensational spell in 2011, was this Night Heron at West Bexington. Taken with my camera, but with Fred at the controls. Cheers Fred. © Fred Alway

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