|Male Bearded Tit on a frosty reed head at Swineham. Wow.
|Female Bearded Tit. This pair fed just yards from the path for about 20 minutes.
|I was insufficiently quick on the draw to catch a Bittern dropping into the reeds in front of me on arrival at Swineham but managed a record shot as it flew away into the light when disturbed by a dog later in the morning.
|Two Jack Snipe flushed as I walked out to Swineham Point - contrary to textbook form, rather than plopping down after a short flight, this one did a wide circle around me allowing for a few flight shots.
|Compare to this Common Snipe, which has a more prominent white trailing edge to the secondaries, a longer bill and longer wings.
|Mute Swan in the frosted fields of Bestwall
|Female Stonechat on an icy fence at Bestwall
|And a male on the same
|Avocet in Holes Bay
|Curlew, Holes Bay
|Little Egret, Holes Bay
|Pintail viewed from the concrete bench at Upton Country Park
|To the blog-reading couple who hadn't seen Spoonbill when we met at the concrete bench - I hope you saw them as well as I did on the way back. And Happy New Year!
|Both immature birds, told by their pink bills and black in the flight feathers.
|The Spoonies were just yards form the path by the PC World drain outflow - a good day for close encounters.
|Spotted Redshank - one of 2 in Holes Bay
|Teal, Holes Bay
|Other normally camera-shy wildlife was also spotted around Holes Bay
|Sun setting on waders and ducks in Holes Bay
|Oh, and a Black-necked Grebe from yesterday at Studland. Yet more quality birds from the Poole Harbour collection.