Sunrise 07:26 Sunset 17:22 GMT

At last the days are getting ‘longer’ but the weather is still very cold and grey so we are not getting the benefit of the light in the mornings, it still appears very dark. It doesn’t give me encouragement to get out of bed. We wanted to go down to Poole today to get some bits so it was a good opportunity to take a walk along Holes Bay and have a look at the birds, we had spotted many as we drove back from Poole hospital on our 8 weeks of Rod’s treatment. I checked the tide times for Poole Harbour and it was promising with high tide not until past 6pm in the evening.

After braving it crossing the busy Holes Bay road and vaulting the mid lane barrier we got onto the cycle/walk way that leads around Holes Bay and ends up in Upton. There was certainly plenty of birds rummaging round in the shallow water and mud.

Curlew
Curlew

A number of Curlews, Redshanks and Godwits close to the shore and we could see Avocets across the water, I wish they could have been closer to have a good look at them. There was a Heron in the reeds with Swans and many others. Of course plenty of Ducks and Mallards and a new sighting for me the small Wigeon a very pretty bird.

Wigeon
Wigeon
Wigeon
Wigeon

There was also a pair swimming about with the male at the front and the female behind I couldn’t find them in the RSPB identification website but the do look a mixture of a Wigeon and Mallard. UPDATE I’ve just discovered they are Teal. Link to RSPB Bird Guides.

Teal
Teal

Another highlight of our short walk was a Little Egret and a Spoonbill that were by the shore quite close together. The Egret looked very small and delicate against the Spoonbill.

Little Egret
Little Egret
Little Egret
Little Egret

Unfortunately the Spoonbill was resting with his head tucked into his body and all you could see was an eye watching us!

Spoonbill watching
Spoonbill watching

It was the first Spoonbill I had seen and I wanted to see the bird’s head and it’s long spooned bill. We walked farther up the path and returned to the same spot and the bird was still in the same position. I thought that was all we were going to see but suddenly he went to take off and I just just took a quick picture, not the most elegant pose but at least I could see his face.

Spoonbill taking flight
Spoonbill taking flight

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