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.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Perseverance Pays Off

Today, I managed a couple of quick stop offs. First stop was Radipole Lake, where I took the opportunity to look at Cormorants again.

Two Continental Cormorants, an adult and a sub adult. Note the shape of the gular skin at the rear, which shows no angling in towards the bill.  Worth comparing with the North Atlantic Cormorant in the previous post.

Later on, paid a brief visit to Sandsfoot Castle, overlooking Portland Harbour. The highlight here was a count of 17 Slavonian Grebes, all of which were to the north east of the castle and all very close into the shore. Good to see the numbers, of what is my favourite of the grebes, picking up somewhat. The Black-necked Grebes definitely like the deeper water and were, as usual, much further out. Due to the very low tide, I suspect that they had dispersed somewhat, as I could only find 12. Also, the Eider and Red-necked Grebe were finally nailed properly with the camera. Other birds noted were the 2 Velvet Scoters, 1 Great Northern Diver, 4 Common Scoter and rather oddly, a single female Pochard.

1st-year female Eider. This and the next photo are much improved efforts me thinks, after the barely identifiable efforts from last time. 

Red-necked Grebe.

1 comment:

Steve Carey said...

Fantastic Eider Capture Brett