On Tuesday and Wednesday the weather was set fair if a little cold (very cold!), the temperature was around -4C on both mornings. We took advantage of the dry bright weather and took a trip down to Weymouth on both days. Our first stop on Tuesday was Radipole lake, we wanted to go out to the North Hide. I had tweeted RSPB Radipole the day before to see if we could get to the hide as the path had been flooded for a few days with the heavy rains we have had. They assured us that it was passible with wellies!
We were walking near the entrance and a bird flew over, my first thoughts were that was a Bittern, by the time I got further on I decided it was wishful thinking but then I met a RSPB warden with a group of bird watchers and he confirmed it was a Bittern. I was really pleased the first one I have seen now I need to get a photograph.
On the way to the North Hide I spotted a Reed Bunting busy feeding. On the second visit to Radipole there were three Bearded tits feeding near the path, very tricky to photograph through the reeds and the wind was blowing them about but I got a couple of images.
Well it was quite a journey to the hide on both days the frost had frozen the water on the raised walkway so trying to walk across it was lethal and there was no where to go except into the marsh! Any way we took our time and it was worth it as the Marsh Harriers were very active although they didn’t get too close. I was told there is a male and female in the area. We watched them both days. There was also one on the Lodmoor reserve.
We went on to Lodmoor on the Tuesday and we were very lucky see more wildlife, our first sighting of a Gadwall and Male and female Shovellers. There was also a largish flock of Lapwings flying across the marsh which was nice to see.
We had a really lovely couple of days and below is a gallery of some more of the wildlife we saw over the two days.
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