|A rare view of the Great Spotted Cuckoo out in the open
|Feeding on caterpillars in a favoured hedgerow
|Downing another one
|The Cuckoo was commuting between two hedgerows allowing some opportunities for flight photography
|Revealing buffy underwing coverts here...
|...and the impressive tail shown to its full extent
|Attractively spotted upperparts
|A handsome, 1st summer bird
|And here's lunch: Brown-tail Moth caterpillars - the hairs are an irritant to human skin...
|...but obviously not to the stomach-lining of the Great Spotted Cuckoo
|This is the communal tent, photographed in late April when the caterpillars were much smaller
|Dorset is enjoying a good spell for continental over-shoots: I caught up with this Black-winged Stilt at Lytchett Bay on the way home from work one evening this week...
|...and a Red-rumped Swallow at Lodmoor en route to see the Great Spotted Cuckoo