|It's a hit! You would be disappointed not to see at least one Spoonbill on a Dorset bird race these days. We scoped a flock at Arne from the shore at Hamworthy. Photographed at Swineham December 2012.
|A miss! Kingfisher eluded us despite taking in several likely haunts. Photographed at Swineham July 2012.
|Hit! Despite one staked out bird being absent, Steve had a couple more up his sleeve in the exotic location of a puddle on the Wareham bypass. This one photographed in Kent in 2011.
|Hit! We scored the drake Mandarin at Holmebridge - other teams missed it, foiled by its dowdy, cryptic plumage. Photographed in the Forest of Dean, April 2012.
|Miss! Cetti's Warbler. You can't shut them up normally. We couldn't buy one on Saturday. Photographed in Weymouth in 2012.
|Hit! This Whooper Swan, photographed at East Stoke on 4th January, flew in to the Poole Harbour recording area just as we pulled up at Holmebridge. The best bit of jam we enjoyed all day.
Grockles in the eyes of the locals) we didn't think this was too bad for a first attempt. Hopefully it won't be the last, and with a bit more luck and some extra homework we can improve on our marker for 2013.
|Hit! Goldeneye were plentiful in Poole Harbour. This one was photographed in Poole Park on 2nd January.