This blog is about my birding exploits, which mainly take place in the Weymouth/Portland area, in Dorset. Will also include stuff from elsewhere, plus some other critters too. Hope you enjoy. All photographs are © Brett Spencer, unless indicated otherwise. The above image is of a Siberian Rubythroat, taken in Holland in 2016.

Friday, 27 July 2012

Forget Summer, Autumn Is Well And Truly Here

A walk around Lodmoor this evening produced a good selection of waders, plus a Spoonbill.

And now for some pics.

Moulting adult Curlew Sandpiper with Dunlins.

Adult and juvenile Little Ringed Plovers.

Juvenile Common Tern.


Green Sandpipers. 4 were present today.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Honey Buzzards Again

Decided to go and watch Honey Buzzards again. I can't really get enough of these beauties, so you may see this species featuring quite a bit over the next few weeks. I really love them and it's one my favourite birds. Two males were seen today, the stunning pale male and a different and darker, more heavily barred male than last weeks bird. For photography, both were distant, so images are heavily cropped.

First, a few shots of the pale male.

Note the distinctive upperpart colouration and markings.

The lack of underpart markings, combined with it's grey head, really gives this bird a hooded appearance.

Now, the other male of the day.

Here he is displaying. Note the missing inner secondaries on the left wing.

And last weeks male for comparison.

Note the paler lesser underwing coverts and rear belly on this individual.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Marsh Harrier

One of the three fledged young on the Weymouth reserves. I love the ochre colour on the head on birds of this age.

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Honey Buzzards

Somewhere in southern England.  Shame about the light though.  2 males were seen, a pale individual and a barred individual. Managed to photograph the barred individual displaying.  The pale individual was also seen displaying, but was distant at the time.  In fact, I saw the pale male sky dance 26 times on the trot.   

Both males together.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Return Visits

Went back to Lodmoor yesterday evening, to enjoy the stunning White-winged Black Tern once again. With the weather looking ominous, I decided not to take the camera. This I regretted, because I spotted a 1st-summer Arctic Tern and felt it would have been good to get shots of this species, in this plumage. Luckily, Steve Carey was alongside me and started to take some snaps before it flew off. Steve has very kindly supplied me with a photo of the bird to share with you.

Cheers Steve. The 1st-summer Arctic Tern© Steve Carey.

Went back to Lodmoor again this evening and it seems like it's goodbye to the White-winged Black Tern, which flew out to sea this evening and didn't return. It had flown out to sea on a few occasions this evening, but soon came back and I sensed it was probably going to leave. Sure enough, it eventually departed. The images below were taken on one of it's forays out to sea, with the background of a dark grey cloud. Without doubt, this bird will go down as one of the most enjoyable birds of the year.

Sunday, 8 July 2012

One Good Tern Deserves Another

Lodmoor comes up trumps again, this time with a sumptuous adult summer plumaged White-winged Black Tern. Whoever found this beauty must have had the biggest smile on their face afterwards. Thanks go to Daragh and Paul for giving me the rapid news on this bird.  Have been on domestic duties lately, with my wife laid up with a bad back, so haven't been able to do any birding, so this bird made a nice break from my chores. Sadly, the bird was always distant for photography, but I hope you can see how lovely this bird was from the following images, enjoy.