A Double Dose of Radipole - 4th and 5th October 2014
over to Portland to see what was there and with reports of Rosy Starling, it
sounded appealing. Unfortunately, we
didn't manage to see it perched, but only flying around. Being on Portland, a trip to the
smelly pig farm was called for. Why were
you going to a pig farm? I hear you ask; well, we would only go somewhere that
stank for the purpose of a Hooded Crow, a Dorset rarity. This was the 3rd attempt, so I was really
hoping to see it. Didn't see it,
surprise surprise. Having wasted precious time, we headed to Radipole to see if
we could be put out of our misery and to a degree, we were. Dad suggested that I tried to get a head shot
of a Mallard.
have been great to know that I had photographed a Water Rail but when the news broke
from Dad that it was a young Moorhen, it was slightly disappointing.
Now, there's a story to this bird, brace yourself, it's a long one. In 2008, this Hooded Merganser was found in a
drain on Chesil Beach. Everyone got very
excited as this species is from America. Lots of people thought that it had flown all
the way over the Atlantic Ocean. But
when it went over to Radipole, suspicions were raised as to whether it was an
escape. And to this day it is still at
we were at Radipole, we just had to check out the flock of gulls in the carpark
to see if there were any Mediterranean Gulls around, and sure enough there
were. They look much better in the summer
but you can still see the bright red bill which you can see all through the
Day 2 - As it
was a calm day, we decided to go to Radipole again, Bearded Tit spotting; well, technically not spotting as we didn't see any. We went around the loop and only managed to see a
Wren and a few miscellaneous waterbirds. We returned to the bridge where a Snipe was
well camouflaged against the reedbed. As the weather had turned all dull and grim, it was hopeless. But just round the corner of some closer reeds, a Grey Heron was looking like it had an empty stomach. The fish is visible in the beak.
are always close to the bridge and this one was no exception.
quite rare to see a Gadwall this close and I seized the opportunity when the
light was on it.