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, 28 December 2014

Middlebere

Hen Harrier









The colour of the eye sexes this juvenile as a female.



This male was on a nearby heath.

Marsh Harrier



But what age is this male? The underwing pattern is very like that of an adult male, but is probably a first-adult male/2nd-calender year.

Compare with these males from Radipole Lake the other day.




adult male.


A first adult male/2nd-calender year.

Water Pipit



Spoonbill



Yellow-legged Gull



Avocets




And finally, a couple of adult Mediterranean Gull pics from the other day showing variation in winter head patterns.


Typical.

Extreme.

1 comment:

Steve Smith said...

Superb photos Brett. The Spoonbill is interesting as this looks to be different to the other colour ringed individuals I photographed on Brownsea back in mid Oct, when the Spoonbill numbers were at their peak. Can you confirm the exact colours. I've tried blowing the photo up, but suspect you have a higher res photo which will be cleared to see the ring colours.
Steve