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, 25 June 2015

Time For A Bit Of A Catch Up

An update of what I've been seeing.

White-winged Black Tern

Took me two attempts, but finally caught up with this beauty at Swineham Gravel Pits. More on this bird in a future post.

Night Heron





This lovely bird was one of 6 species of heron seen at Ham Wall, Somerset that day.

The other herons at Ham Wall included Bitterns and Great White Egrets.



Hudsonian Whimbrel




A new bird for me. This very educational bird at Pagham Harbour, West Sussex was a real birders bird. Note the all dark rump and dark cinnamon toned underwing. Compared with nearby Eurasian Whimbrel, the more bold head pattern and slight reddish tone to the brown plumage helped to separate it from it's commoner cousins at a distance.   

Eastern Black-eared Wheatear


This stunning black throated male at Acres Down, Hampshire, was one of the highlights of the year for me so far. A stunning bird in beautiful surroundings. It doesn't get much better than that. More on Black-eared Wheatears in a future post.

Cretzschmar's Bunting



My stress levels were tested to the limit with this little bugger, on Bardsey Island, North Wales. A wait of over 3 & half hours for it to show, with 13 minutes till our boat would fetch us, to take us back to the mainland, it eventually performed for 3 minutes, providing me with yet another new bird. I never want to go through that fucking trauma again, it was truly a horrible experience. Even though we didn't, it kind of felt like a dip, because we never got to explore the beautiful island this gross rarity was inhabiting. 

The trip through Wales to and from Bardsey was great, with such breathtaking scenery. Great to see Choughs and proper Red Kites too.





A Few Other Odds & Ends

A tandem pair of Variable Damselflies at Shapwick, Somerset.

Gadwall and her ducklings at Radipole Lake.

My first sign of Autumn. A presumed failed breeder, this adult Mediterranean Gull, with a Black-headed Gull on Lodmoor had begun it's wing moult.

Male Four-spotted Chaser of the form praenubila at Bennett's Water Gardens. This site is the stronghold of this species in Weymouth.

Strange posture shown by this male Red-eyed Damselfly at Bennett's Water Gardens.

Who's the daddy? Bull Grey Seal on Bardsey Island, North Wales.

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