|Spotted Sandpiper, Abbotsbury Swannery
|A tricky bird to separate from Common Sandpiper - call was one of the factors which made Steve Groves think Spotted...
|...yellowish legs, short tail and plain tertial fringes appeared to confirm it
|This drake Scaup was also at Abbotsbury
|Not quite yet in its smartest winter plumage
|I went back to Lodmoor to try to improve on my photos of the Stilt and Least Sandpipers
|The Stilt Sand was much closer but the light was not great
|A hint of the rufous cheek patch can be seen here
|On a different evening, in contrast to the Stilt Sandpiper, the Least was in nice light - but much further away!
|Not sure if these were an improvement on my original pictures
|However, it was a first for Dorset, so good views took priority over good photos
|Couldn't find the Baird's on the Fleet but enjoyed close views of a couple of Bar-tailed Godwit
|These birds were feeding in Tidmoor Cove
|The juvenile Red-necked Phalarope was a new bird for me in Dorset as well as Swineham
|The Grey (left) and Red-necked Phalarope often fed together on Arne Moors
|Quite amazing that they settled on the same small pool especially as the Grey Phalarope had been present for about a week before its smaller cousin arrived