Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Island hopping

Spent the last two days of the long Easter weekend enjoying the dry weather on two of Dorset's finest pieces of birding real estate - Brownsea and Portland - and bulking up the photo list for the year which had been reduced to a slow crawl in recent weeks. Highlights from the trip with the family to Brownsea below, Portland to follow.
Avocets enjoying a private moment on the lagoon
Bar-tailed Godwit close in front of the hide
Here a winter plumaged Black-tailed Godwit for comparison
And a breeding plumaged Blackwit
Distant flock of Grey Plover (#138)
Three species of shank in this photo - (L to R) red, green and spotted red - believe it or not, we haven't had Redshank yet this year (#139)
Spotshank moulting to breeding plumage
The Black-tailed Godwit flock against Poole's urban backdrop
Many twitchers spent the weekend in Bedfordshire looking for what may be the last Lady Amherst's Pheasant surviving in the wild in Britain following their introduction in the 1900s. So if that's tickable, why aren't the Brownsea peacocks? 
Peacocks doing their bit to get themselves added to Cat C
Sandwich Terns are returning but not yet settled on the tern islands (#140)
Shelduck are also pairing up - this a male
This young colour-ringed Spoonbill was the only one on Brownsea on Sunday
No visit to Brownsea would be complete without Red Squirrels
They seemed to be everywhere on Sunday
Spotted Redshank

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