Sunday, 2 January 2011

A New Year in Poole Harbour

A 1st of January jaunt around Poole Harbour with a boat-load of Dorset birders, courtesy of newly-ennobled Mark and Mo Constantine, awarded OBE's in the New Year's Honours list, produced some excellent waterfowl. A flock of 15 Scaup, a couple of Eider, a redhead Smew and a Great Northern Diver were the highlights on the water, with Spoonbill, Avocet and Greenshank also seen from the boat over the wall on Brownsea Lagoon. Even a female Golden Pheasant could be seen as we passed Furzey Island. Poor light and distant subjects made photographic opportunities a bit limited, but some flying Mergansers (above) and a pair of Scaup (below) are pictured here.

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