Sunday, 28 September 2008

I've seen a Spoonbill!

After a hard day working in the garden yesterday...it's not so much a fork and spade that's needed, more an axe and JCB digger! We decided that we had earned ourselves a nice tea in a tea shop. Off to Corfe Castle tearooms and a trog up to the castle, then we thought a nice walk around Middlebere to maybe see an Osprey. The first picture is taken from a hide overlooking Middlebere channel which is a little part of the massive Poole harbour. We saw a Hen Harrier being mobbed by Martins, Little Egret and a Grey Heron.
After a while we wandered on through the cottages at Middlebere and down to the hide there and there they were, two Spoonbills right in front of the hide, moving their bills from side to side scooping up food. You will have to take my word for it that the two white blobs in the middle of the photo are Spoonbills, I'm afraid my camera is only a point and shoot so not great for this type of thing. A kind birdwatcher in the hide also showed us the Black-tailed Godwits and some Yellow Legged Gulls, and he showed us where the Osprey's sits when they are in the area...wonderful. Just before we had got there some Avocets had been there....another bird I have never seen.
Just as we left the mist started to form over the water and it was the most beautiful ethereal landscape. As we walked back to the road the sunset was amazing and the mist just piled in making it all so lovely and still.
We were supposed to go out to a do, but we missed it, getting so engrossed and not leaving time to get home and change! Never mind, it was a very loose invitation and it won't matter.

3 comments:

Lace hearts said...

Oh how beautiful. I love Dorset, and have tramped all over its hills. I love the area around Corfe castle. I think I would probably have missed a do to stay out as long as possible as well!
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Border Reiver said...

It's a fab place Middlebere, and having such a good view of the spoonbills will have made your day. Pop along in the winder there's usually half a dozen on the mudflats and of course the glorious Avocets.

Lynmiranda said...

Hi Goosey,

Where is Middlebere and how do you get there?