By the coast – Durlston and Hartland

Battered by stormy winds and heavy rains the countryside is starting to get very soggy, definitely 'welly weather'. Very few birds out at sea, but Middlebere still has a Red-breasted goose mixing in with the Brents and a Harrier of one sort or another can usually be viewed from the hide.

Rainbow at Durlston

A female Marsh Harrier hunting over the Middlebere reedbeds

A flock of Avocets and Godwits disturbed by the Harrier
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Poole Harbour – The birds of Middlebere

A frosty morning with broken cloud and the odd shower. The hide at Midlebere was frosted inside and out making for a very cold seat. A Red-breasted goose was with the Brent geese but neither stayed around long enough to be photographed.

A line of Avocets

A Curlew

Hen Harrier being shadowed by a crow.

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Poole Harbour – Ower Passage

A cool sunny day, frost on the ground in the morning. No sign of the Bittern at Hatch Pond. Drove round to Studland (still no ferry) and walked out to Ower Passage. Good views of the waders on the mudflats as the tide dropped.

A Buzzard

Widgeon flying over Ower Bay

 An Exmoor pony (N.T.) on Greenlands Farm pastures.

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Poole Harbour – Brands Bay

The chain ferry is a away for its annual overhaul so the long drive round via Corfe had to be made. Plenty of wintering birds in the Bay – Red Breasted Mergansers, Goldeneyes, Common Scoter, and Avocet to name but a few. Weather fine and sunny.

The Brent Geese

A Grey Plover

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New Forest – Ober Heath

A fine sunny day in the forest, with a frosty start. Most of the fungi had been shriveled by the overnight frosts, which made it all the more surprising to find a tropical fungus growing by a log.

Fallow deer on the frosty lawn

Strange ?

Devils Finger Fungus

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