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, 7 July 2013

Dorset's Rare Bird Of The Month (June)

Don't think there will be many arguments with this one. This Caspian Tern could be a contender for bird of the year. Well done to the finder Dave Chown, when it was first seen at Radipole Lake and Mike Morse, who relocated it later the same day at West Bexington.

Now back to yesterday. I bottled it on a trip to look for the Bridled Tern and instead opted to go look for a couple of other things. Started off somewhere in England.

A pale male Honey Buzzard. Sadly, it was always distant for photography, but I'm sure I'll revisit this site in the hope of getting better images of this stunning bird.

The afternoon was spent in Somerset, at Ham Wall RSPB reserve, in the hope of seeing the now famous pair of breeding Little Bitterns.

Connected with both the male and the female, but both sightings were brief. Here is the male. Note the red bill, showing that he is in breeding condition. Will certainly be making a return visit to this fabulous site to get better images.
Great White Egret, 2 Marsh Harriers, 3 Hobbies and a Bittern were also observed.

3rd-calendar year Marsh Harrier.

This Bittern flew over our heads calling.
Also, some stunning Brown Hawker dragonflies showed well.

Both images depict males.

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