The BBC has now left Arne after Winterwatch so we decided to take a trip down hoping it would be quiet, it was fairly busy, it must be the “Winterwatch effect” but once you get on the paths through the reserve it is quiet most of the time.

As always we expected to see certain things but it never seems to happen! We were hoping to get some images of the Dartford Warblers up on the top of Shipstal beach in the flowering Gorse it was a cold but sunny day. They decided to be elusive and all I saw was a few flying into the Gorse away from us.

As we were on the top of Shipstal a Peregrine Falcon flew over I just managed to get an image although he wasn’t too close but it was lovely to see. There were a few birds towards Green Island, Cormorants, Oyster Catchers and a Red Breasted Merganser which we could see with the binoculars.

Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon

Of course there are always Robin’s about and the one below was singing his heart out I can never resist a photo of this bird.

Robin in full song
Robin in full song

We walked round to Shipstal ponds, again very quiet and on to the hide overlooking the harbour, we could see the Spoonbills on the bank some distance from the hide as always and there were several Curlews in the marshes, we love to hear them calling a very haunting sound. There were  few Sika deer on the marshes we saw a few groups around the reserve.

We had some dinner in our camper van and then I set off  for a walk round Middlebere heath again the wildlife seemed to be in hiding a few distant waders and the RSPB workers were cutting Gorse on the heath. I was just on the way back to the van when I looked left and a white Sika hind watching me, I just managed a quick picture before she disappeared into the Gorse. 

Leucistic Sika Hind
Leucistic Sika Hind

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