Dartford Warbler challenge update

Hi All,

Ok I’m getting closer to a decent shot of a Dartford Warbler, I’ve got a full frontal shot but a bit blurry and I’ve got some nice clear shots of it facing the wrong way (although you can clearly make out the red eye ring). I’ll upload them all anyway so you can see my progress. I will take a leaf out of the book of the famous wildlife photographer, Percy Veerance and I’ll keep trying.


Corfe Castle in the distance.

Also while I was there this time I took some shots of some wood mice at the Arne RSPB reserve (read their blog at RSPB website, http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/groups/arne/blog/archive/2011/04/12/caught-red-handed.aspx) basically the mice jump into the nut bin every night and get ‘rescued’ every morning (somewhat fatter!).

I saw the Sika deer again and managed to stay downwind until I could get to the steps to the hide just past them, unfortunately a dogwalker came past and spooked them hence the ‘flying’ shot as the stag jumped over the path.

The spider shot is a rare Raft spider that apparently is one of the few (if not only) venomous spiders in the UK, it was having lunch when I saw it.

At the same time I saw one of the first Dragonflies of the year.


29 Apr, 2011
robashfield said:

Brill set of pics andy,especially the dragonfly and the spider...

29 Apr, 2011
mike said:

Really nice set Laney - I am so waiting for the dragonflies.

29 Apr, 2011
littlewren said:

aren't those little mice just dears.....

29 Apr, 2011
jane said:

Terrific blog...all the photos are lovely and I like the first with the gorse and castle in the distance.
The wood mice are gorgeous...and love the idea of them being "rescued" in the mornings !!
Good to see the Sika deer and that dogwalker did you a favour enabling you to get that action shot !
Many thanks for sharing...

30 Apr, 2011
bonkersbon said:

Lovely blog LD many years since visited Arne overlooking Poole harbour and Brownsea Island so long in fact my photos were in black and white ! People needed a lot of convincing the squirrels were red and not grey lol

The dartford warbler was so rare then and down to a few pairs so no chance of seeing .. well down for tracking them down and the great images you ve posted.

30 Apr, 2011
laneydavis said:

Thanks all for the comments. Ray, you ought to come and get new colour photos. I've seen the Dartford Warbler a few times now, but they got a bit depleted during the hard winter. I've also just been reading that there are 22 different species of dragonfly there so I will see how many I can get. (Colour photos of course lol)

30 Apr, 2011
bonkersbon said:

Thanks LD .. true I should but a fair trek from here stayed at a place called Langton matravers and used b&w as developing my own film in those days .. how kids would laugh to hear of blacked out rooms and chemicals , well for photography anyway ..

Your photos brought back many memories so thanks for sharing and look forward to your dragonfly collection.

1 May, 2011
eje said:

Hi Andy what a super set of photo's! My wife and I had a couple of holidays in that neck of the woods quite a few years ago but not into photography then,remember seeing the Dartford and a wonderful close up of a Kingfisher from the raised hide also picking up a very young swallow from a puddle and placing it on a fence post hoping for the parent to return.Eric

1 May, 2011
david said:

Great wildlife shots, especially of the deer leaping over the path.

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