Early start to try and spot Otters on the River Stour this morning.  Didn't see any, but loads of Kingfishers about.

I've been doing a few trips to Salisbury Plain to look for Short Eared Owls the last couple of weeks.  No decent owl sightings yet, but did get a few shots of this nice male Hen Harrier.

 

Three trips to the New Forest over the last week and on the final attempt, managed to get some photos of the Ring Ouzels.  A bit of a grey day, but some nice close views.

A few photos from last week, spent down on the Somerset Levels.

First up, a few shots of one of the Bearded Tits from the Island Hide at Westhay NNR.  A fair few about, but quite tricky to spot as the wind was always quite strong.

A few more shots from the Island and Tower Hides at Westhay.  Nice to see an Otter pop up briefly.

Large numbers of Cattle Egret about on Tealham and Tadham Moors.

And a few shots from Ham Wall and Shapwick.  Interesting to see Osprey and a few Hobbies still about in late September.

I've been out and about a few times over the last week or so looking for birds, but surprisingly little of interest.  Spent most of a day at Arne earlier this week trying to find a Wryneck, but no luck.  

Anyway, here are a few snaps from the last week or so.  First up, a nice Sparrowhawk in the garden this morning.  Photo through the double glazing, so I'm pleased it's come out quite sharp.

A trip to the New Forest to try and find an early Ring Ouzel was unsuccessful - just a few Wheatears about.

I popped to Winterbourne Downs.  Very distant Stone Curlew as usual, plus a Sparrowhawk.

And I've been to Hengistbury Head a few times, hoping for Wrynecks, but just loads of Stonechats.  Interesting to see the cruise ships moored up in Weymouth Bay though.