The New Forest’s varied mix of broad-leafed and coniferous woodland, open heathland and its 26 miles of coastline mean that the diversity of bird species in the area is huge and there is always an interesting avian challenge to seek out in any month of the year. Our 100+ resident species are augmented by migrating visitors from the south in summer and from the Arctic in winter. Rarities like Goshawk, Honey Buzzard and Dartford Warbler are among the species which birdwatchers always hope to see on a visit to the forest. More information on what to see where can be found here.
I know a lot of people have mixed feelings about the Common Starling. Their wintertime murmurations are one of nature’s most amazing spectacles, but to a lot of people they are a pest that cause huge damage to crops. But let’s set those issues aside with this portrait and just marvel at this bird itself. […]
Along the New Forest National Park’s coastline, one of the commonest small wading birds you will find is the Redshank. With it’s red legs and orange beak tipped with black, it’s quite easy to identify. This individual was exploring the shoreline near Keyhaven marina and these birds are a common site across the North Solent […]
The Little Egret was once a rare species in Southern England, but now it’s quite a common sight. It’s perhaps unfair to pick favourites but I do enjoy watching the egrets more than their larger cousin the Grey Heron. They have a busy pattern of behaviour that’s always interesting to observe rather than the often motionless […]
It’s easy to overlook the common garden visitors when it comes to bird photography. This pretty Song Thrush is one of the everyday visitors to my garden at New Park. Thrushes are very much ground-feeding birds, preferring to patrol the lawn in search of worms and ignoring any of the hanging feeders.
The Great Crested Grebe is one of my favourite UK waterbirds. Their striking plumage and elegant springtime courtship “dance” seem clear proof that nature has an eye for the aesthetic! This image was captured at the Testwood Lakes nature reserve on the Forest’s western edge near Southampton. A certain amount of stealth was required, creeping […]
The Pied Wagtail is a common sight around the New Forest in both villages and countryside. Although it’s a rather anthropomorphic view I like to think of these little birds as being “friendly”, rather like Robins. They definitely tolerate a human presence much more readily than some species.