Red-footed falcon at Morden Bog in Wareham Forest, Dorset, May 2016

August 04, 2016 | Categories:

 Just a few notes on the female red-footed falcon which was seen at beginning of May 2016 at Morden Bog in Dorset. On my first visit the views were disappointing. Just like a hobby it circled at height, then switched between hunting over reedbed and perching in distant trees

Red-footed falcon hunting high in the air, Dorset

  More people were there when I returned the following day. It was (...)

A very tame rarity, long-billed dowitcher at Poole Park, it's bendy bill and short-billed dowitcher Lodmoor, Dorset

October 20, 2014 | Categories:

Long-billed dowitcher at Poole Park 31st January 2011 and 14th February 2011

The tamest rarity I have photographed was a long-billed dowitcher in Poole Park in 2011. The park in winter has good numbers of wildfowl and waders, all around it's boating lake. This is despite it being very busy. People walk past the edge of the water all day, yet the dowitcher was comfortable feeding meters from the edge.

Long-billed dowitchers are migrants in the Americas and some go off (...)