I have heard recently that the Otters are back on the Stour in Blandford so I have been down for a number walks hoping to see them, once around dawn, but having spent a fair time walking up and down I haven’t been lucky as yet and of course the Stour has been flooded at times and the meadows get very wet with difficulty getting to the river.

Even though the Otters are about it’s always worth looking for the Kingfishers, there are a number of them that patrol the length of the Stour Meadows. I have to keep an eye out for movement, if you can spot them flying it’s a bonus and then spotting where they land. I have been lucky to see a few although they always seem to land in an awkward spot for photography, I’m still trying to get that good image!

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

There is usually a Heron around somewhere, this one was below the weir fishing and generally just standing around!

Grey Heron
Grey Heron

One nice sighting was a family of Little Grebes, we spotted one and then there were three and then four!

Family of Little Grebes
Family of Little Grebes

A bit of practice taking pictures of birds in flight, a juvenile Gull, there are always plenty flying around the river.

Juvenile Gull
Juvenile Gull

Of course there is always a Grey Squirrel, he was balanced on a branch over the river eating what looked like buds off of a tree.

Grey Squirrel
Grey Squirrel

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