Saturday, 9 July 2016

New Forest | Continued

As well as spotting the beautiful Dartford Warbler, we had a few other good spots including a pair of Redstarts!

New Forest Ponies

If there is one thing I can not get a decent shot of, that's a Buzzard!

Female Linnet

Male Stonechat

Red Deer - We had some crazy weather this day, it would be blisteringly hot, then cloud over and rain hard. We were under cover in a copse of trees when I took this shot.

Fallow Deer

Highland Cow

New Forest Pony

Male Redstart

Grey Wagtail

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

New Forest | Dartford Warbler!

On our second day we headed down to the New Forest. Every time we visit we always keep our eyes open for the elusive Dartford Warbler. We thought we saw one once a few years ago, but wasn't sure, but now I can gladly say I'm sure it was! Walking along Ober Heath we came to a good patch of gorse and it didn't take long for Mike to point out in excitement that we had stumbled upon a pair of Dartford Warblers!
So crouching down behind gorse bushes and crawling through mud and horse poop I gradually got close enough to get a few good shots! We watched the pair for about 30 minute unsure if they had a nest some where as they both were flitting about with food.

Male Dartford Warbler - 
you can really see that beautiful distinctive red eye!

Female Dartford Warbler

Monday, 4 July 2016

Brownsea Island | Red Squirrels

We finally had a chance to get away for a week in Mikes parents caravan, We stayed on a site in Winchester which was a great location for getting to other places. On our first day, and best weather day, we drove down to Poole and hopped on a boat over to Brownsea Island in the hopes of seeing some Red Squirrels. 

View from Brownsea Island

Herring Gull


Peacock in all his glory!
Such a stunning bird, I wasn't able to get many shots of his display as, as you can imagine there were quite a few people crowding him.

Fledgling Wren

not the best shot...but it is a White Admiral Butterfly

By the time this little guy appeared we had walked around most of the island and was contemplating going down to the Nature Reserve part of the island. Mike was saying to me '...they apparently have the red squirrels in the reserve..' when he turned and spotted this cutie. I managed to take 3 quick snaps before he hopped off! We wondered off to go get an ice cream, then headed back to the reserve entrance where we saw more of our little friends! 

the 'if I stay really still they cant see me behind this bracken' trick