Anyway, I'd better catch up on a few things.
|Red-necked Grebe in Portland Harbour.|
|Adult female Scaup at Abbotsbury Swannery.|
|Male Beautiful Demoiselle at Abbotsbury Swannery. A stunning insect. One of my favourites.|
|1st-calender year Yellow-legged Gull at Radipole Lake. Note the pattern of the greater coverts and the extent of new 1st-winter feathers in the scapulars. Herring and Lesser Black-backs should still be, basically, in juvenile plumage at this time.|
|Same individual as above. Note the wing and tail pattern. The inner primary pattern is like a halfway house between Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls.|
|Juvenile Common Gull at Radipole Lake. We don't get to see them in this plumage down here that often.|
More on the gull theme at Radipole Lake and interesting to compare with the Yellow-legged Gull above.
|Herring Gull that is just starting it's moult into 1st-winter plumage. Note the inner primary and tail pattern and pale notching in the median coverts. The latter like miniature versions of the rear scapulars.|
|Juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull. Note the petite structure and long rear ended look. Note the less notch appearance of the median/lesser coverts, compared with Herring Gull.|
|The above two photos show the variation in 1st-year Lesser Black-backed Gull tail patterns.|
|Balearic Shearwaters off Portland Bill. Part of a good movement off the Bill that day. Also saw a single Sooty Shearwater.|
|Juvenile Spotted Redshank on Lodmoor. A surprisingly scarce bird in the Weymouth/Portland area.|
|A gorgeous Clouded Yellow on Lodmoor.|
|Redstart on Lodmoor.|
|Nightingale in the Obs quarry at Portland Bill.|
|Osprey over Portland. One of three I saw that day.|
|White Wagtail at Portland Bill. Note the grey rump and overall clean look of this bird.|
|Kingfisher at Radipole Lake.|
|Juvenile Red-backed Shrike at Radipole Lake.|
|A ridiculously confiding 1st-year Yellow-legged Gull at Radipole Lake. Photo taken with camera phone.|
|Juvenile Little Stint at Radipole Lake.|
|Spotted Redshank moulting from juvenile to 1st-winter plumage. How startling is that gleaming white underwing?|
|Atrocious record shot of the juv/1st-winter Masked Shrike at Spurn. Seen much better through a telescope, of course. A lifer for me and obviously, a very educational bird. Also saw a Red-breasted Flycatcher up the road from this bird.|
|A very confiding Wryneck at Portland Bill.|
|Yellow-browed Warbler at Portland Bill. Check out the streaking on the breast of this bird, not something I've noticed before.|
|Tree Pipit at Portland Bill.|
|A very skulky Barred Warbler at Portland Bill.|
|Wryneck in the hand at Portland Bird Observatory. I never get bored with seeing these beauties.|
|1st-year Siberian Lesser Whitethroat at Portland Bill. More on this bird in the previous post.|
|Female Bearded Reedling at Littlesea, The Fleet. One of two at this site and a Littlesea tick for me.|
|A gorgeous male Bearded Reedling in the hand at Radipole Lake.|
|Avocet at Radipole Lake. A good bird for this site. Saw a Bittern whilst watching this bird.|
|1st-winter Turtle Dove on Portland. Travel safely my friend.|
And finally, the juvenile Rose-coloured Starling on Portland.
|Note the slightly darker wings and tail and paler rump.|
|Note the distinctive gait, with it's wings slightly drooped and tail slightly cocked.|
Oh, mustn't forget the Western Bonelli's Warbler at Portland Bill on 16th August that was a lifer for me, but unfortunately, didn't manage to photograph it.
Hope I haven't bored you too much, but there was a lot to catch up on.