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.

Friday, 25 May 2012

A Bit Of A Rare Bird Fest

After work, on Tuesday 22nd May, I cracked and decided to twitch the Cream-coloured Courser in Herefordshire. I picked up Luke on the way and we were off. Three and a half hours later we arrived. As the amount of light was against us, it was a particularly stressful jog to get to where the bird was. Luckily it was being watched and we got our first views.

Can you see it?

 Well, we weren't happy with views like that, so we went to work to get much better views.

And this was as good as it got. Stunning!
Not only was it a stunningly beautiful bird, but the setting it was in was breathtaking, with wonderful 360 degree views over the gorgeous surrounding countryside. Didn't get back home till 01.30 hours the next morning, then it was up at 05.00 hours to get ready for work and another 10 hour shift. Was it worth it?  Too bloody right it was!

After work the next day, it was off down to Radipole Lake where.....

This Great Reed Warbler was advertising his presence.
Coincidentally, this bird was in the same area of reedbed as the last Great Reed Warbler 10 years ago.

Thursday was a busy day for rare birds locally, so another casual dash after work had me making my way to Abbotsbury, thanks to a text from Steve.

This is probably the worst photo you'll ever see of a Black-winged Stilt. But it's a record shot at least. I don't know, you wait for one of these on The Fleet for years, then two arrive in two months. Amazing!

Not content with seeing one, the draw of another Black-winged Stilt, on Lodmoor, was too much to resist.

Still a crap record shot, but better than the last, you'll have to admit.

Also on Lodmoor was this......

Stunningly rosy Roseate Tern.

Just Gorgeous!

The Fleet Vs Portland Update

Let's check up on the scores, after an amazing few days locally.

The Fleet = 45 points, with Golden Oriole, Black-winged Stilt and Blue-headed Wagtail adding to the score.

Portland = 26 points, with 3 Golden Orioles and singles of Woodchat Shrike, Icterine Warbler, Common Rosefinch and Blue-headed Wagtail adding to the score. The 4 White Storks are not added to the score, as they are presumed to be 4 of the 5 that had already occurred. No double scoring in this game.

And finally. Photos of a Swift, that I took the other day at Radipole Lake.

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