Friday, 3 September 2010

Radipole RSPB and Portland Bill

A week last Thursday was fine and dry although breezy. We visited Radipole in the morning, Martins and Swallows were flying low over the shrubs and trees, Swans and Coots on the pools and not much else. A Marsh Harrier flew across the water, by the time we got to North Hide a gentleman was able to tell us that the bird was sat on a fence post to the rear.

I was photographing Common Terns flying, a little distant and then there was two Marsh Harriers flying over the water in the distance. These are my images from the visit. 

We then went to Portland Bill which was recently bright but very windy. The Great Black Backed Gull was near the cafe, I bet it usually is, made a change from the usual scrounging Herring Gulls. The 1st winter? Common Gull was on the rocks nearby, if my gull id is wrong on the later please put me right!


Anonymous said...

Its worth going to Portland Bill at any time of the year Mike especially if you walk from the lighthouse along the eastern shoreline for about half a mile and then turn uphill to the roadway and walk back along the road by the old lighthouse. I think with Radipole you get far more in the summer and very little in winter.

Mike Randall Bird Photography said...

It was a good time of year to be at Portland with migrants possible but we did not see any.
I agree Radipole is better in summer, we heard Cetti's but never saw any!