Brownsea Island

I visited Brownsea Island, and the nature reserve on it managed by Dorset Wildlife over the last two weekends. The reserve has a couple of hides that overlooks a lagoon that attracts lots of different species of birds, and at this time of year the woodland part of the reserve is a popular place for another kind of visitor, the Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) searching for nuts.

This is a selection of the best shots from the two trips, the weather being a lot better on the second visit (you will notice this paricularly for the shots of the Avocets)

The Red Squirrels who liked to scavange around the bird feeders in the woodland

Red Squirrel in tree eating a nut portrait
Red Squirrel in tree eating a nut portrait

Landscape shot of same red squirrel

Red Squirrel in tree eating a nut
Red Squirrel in tree eating a nut
Red Squirrel on the ground
Red Squirrel on the ground

and one on a bird feeder

Red Squirrel on birdfeeder
Red Squirrel on birdfeeder

Next the birds, starting with the Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta).

Advocet
Advocet
Advocet (2)
Advocet (2)
Advocet (3)
Advocet (3)
Avocet (4)
Avocet (4)

These last two are my personal favouries shots of the Avocet with the setting sun bathing them in golden light

Advocet bathed in sunset light
Advocet bathed in sunset light
Advocet bathed in sunset light (2)
Advocet bathed in sunset light (2)

There were also wildfowl including Adult and Juvenile Shelducks (Tadorna tadorna), and a Teal (Anas crecca).

Adult and Juvenile Shelduck
Adult and Juvenile Shelduck
Adult Shelduck
Adult Shelduck
Juvenile Shelduck
Juvenile Shelduck

This is the Teal

Teal
Teal

The other birds that I photographed on the lagoon were..

A Redshank (Tringa totanus)

Redshank
Redshank

Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria).

Golden Plover
Golden Plover

There are also a number of Spoonbills (Platalea leucorodia), numbers circa 20+, four of which are seen here in front of Cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo).

Spoonbills
Spoonbills

This last bird photograph of a Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus) was shot in the woodland part of the hide

Long-tailed Tit
Long-tailed Tit

Finally I photographed the autumn colours of the surrounding trees and woodland.

 

Autumn colours
Autumn colours
Autumn colours (2)
Autumn colours (2)

 

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Pete

I have been shooting nature with Olympus digital & Olympus OM camera gear on film since 2004

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