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.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Radipole Lake

Bollocks!

Ahhh, shit!!

Oh, for fuck sake!!!

Thank goodness for that. The 1st-winter female Long-tailed Duck. Note the new rufous fringed, black centered adult feathers coming through in the scapulars and how they contrast with the duller juvenile scapulers. 

The ill defined head pattern also belies it's age.

Long-tailed Ducks are rare birds at Radipole lake.




Green Sandpipers on North Pool.



Adult female Marsh Harrier from North Hide.


Highlight of the day though, was finding one of three Yellow-browed Warblers. Initially, hearing and seeing one. Then hearing another, whilst watching one and later seeing both together. And finally, seeing another one later on, that had also been reported. A record day count for the reserve. And I only saw 2 Chiffchaffs.

2 comments:

Paul Trodd said...

Hi Brett, was down your way over the weekend at The Fleets. It should have been memorable for a Rix Pipit, except for an encounter with a horsey type (re: ploversblog.blogspot.co.uk) I remember you had a bit of trouble with such a person a while back, so thought I`d let you know, being as it`s your local patch. Enjoying your pics by the way, good birding, Paul Trodd

Brett said...

Cheers for the news. Sorry about the locals. I have to say, since my experience there, I've hardly done any birding on The Fleet. Fucking hate this county.