The challenge I set myself was to photograph as many species of wild birds around Poole Harbour as I could, incorporating both quality and interest within the images.
All I have to do is.... be in the right place ...at the right time ....in the right light .....and at the right state of the tide - Keith Rawling
This unmistakable black and white bird with the upturned bill. The Harbour is host to more than 3000 pairs of these elegant and iconic birds, overwintering from October to February. Brownsea Island gives you the best chance to view these birds at close quarters.
Common around the harbour. It's whistling call is so evocative of estuaries and marshes
A winter visitor. Can be seen around the Holes Bay area
a winter visitor, but not in large numbers.
Black Tailed Godwit
Seen in large numbers in winter. Upturned bill and black tail seen in flight. See top of page.
Another winter visitor. These were photographed at Baiter
Not common. Usually seen in ones and twos.
This fast moving little bird favours the aerea from Shore Road to the Haven
Black Tailed Godwit 9summer)
Bar Tailed Godwit
Not so common as the black-tailed Godwit. Shorter beak, lighter in colour. Upturned bill and barred tail seen in flight.
Common around the Baiter/ fisherman's dock area
Usually seen out in deeper water. Long legs have their advantages. Left: taking time out for a little preening
Increasing numbers are now over-wintering in the harbour.
Now more common in the south of England. Fighting and fishing.
Seen in quite large numbers usually in or near reed beds.
common sight around the harbour
they used to be seen in greater numbers here. famous for their wheeling flight when all the flock seen to change colour as they turn as one.
Although known as a freshwater bird, their can often be seen around brackish water marshes.
Left: Caught in the first rays of sunrise.
All these photos were taken around Poole Harbour, Dorset, UK
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Full size files available - 300dpi. or prints
I use Nikon cameras and lenses, patience, anticipation, experience....... and a bit of luck!
Lapwing or Green Plover
mostly seen to the west of the harbour
Whimberel: Mostly passing flocks in spring and autumn but a few overwinter here.
Winter plumage here seen at Baiter
Spoonbill with fish