Chaser Dragonflies

September 19, 2016 | Categories:

Chasers are part of a large family of dragonflies - Libellulidae, which also include skimmer and darter species. There are ten species of Libellulidae in Britain, all three of it's chaser species can be found in Dorset.

Broad-bodied Chaser

My first ever picture of a chaser dragonfly was this female broad (...)

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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 (...)



de Havilland Sea Vixen at the Bournemouth Airshow

August 28, 2015 | Categories:


The de Havilland Sea Vixen was an early carrier based jet fighter, used in the UK between 1959 and 1972. It had an unusual twin boom tail.
(Below: de Havilland Sea Vixen in fly past at the Bournemouth Airshow 2011)

RAF Sea Vixen, underside, Bournemouth Airshow, Dorset

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English Electric Canberra at Bournemouth Airshow

August 28, 2015 | Categories:


The Canberra served a the Royal Air force from 1951 onwards for 55 years. It resembles a larger version of the Gloster Meteor.

The prototype test flights had discovered no need for any major modifications. The aircraft was stable, safe and relatively easy to fly.  In the canberra's early days (1950s), it could fly higher and faster then it's opponents, therefore it needed no self defence weapons to get it to a bombing target. With the arrival of the Hawker Hunter (...)

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Avro Vulcan Bomber at the Bournemouth Airshow

August 25, 2015 | Categories:

 

The noise the Vulcan bomber produces with it's four engines is huge, It has been my favorite to watch at the airshow but it retired from airshows in 2015. Along with the Gloster meteor the Vulcan was the UK's first delta winged aircraft intoduced in 1956.  At the Farnborough airshow the Avro Vulcan showed capable of maneuvares normally only fighter jets could do.

(Below: a close fly-past from the Bournemouth Airshow 2014)

Vulcan bomber flying close by, Dorset

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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 (...)

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