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A very soggy Brownsea Red Squirrel

By brian1208
The forecast promised dry weather, some showers in the morning then clearing to give a bright sunny afternoon, so we went to Brownsea Island in Poole harbour.

The first bit was right, it started dry and we got to the Macdonald Hide where there were masses of Spoonbills (50+ we were told) lots of the trademark Avocets, a solitary Peregrine ( that sat hunched up look miserable all the time we were there) and several others.

Almost as soon as we got into the hide the heavens opened and it poured down which resulted in some very soggy looking "Reds" rooting about in the marsh as we left

They were looking very bedraggled, but were so dedicated to hunting through the massive fall of Sweet Chestnuts that we nearly trod on two of them but the third posed for us beautifully.

Shame about the light though as it was still very dark and overcast and I ended up needing ISO1600 to get the shot so these are a bit noisy (but I think cute enough to forgive it Smile )

More to come later as Variants - now posted, sorry I got a bit carried away Smile (but I hope you enjoy them)

Tags: Avocet Red squirrel Waders Brownsea Spoonbill Wildlife and nature

Voters: ade123, bobpaige1, DonMc and 16 more



DonMc 14 4 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2014 7:48PM
In spite of the adverse conditions a fabulous capture!Smile
Mollycat Plus
9 21 2 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2014 8:29PM
The rain makes him look a bit rangy, but a beautiful capture never the less.
stub197 11
16 Oct 2014 8:35PM
great shotSmileSmileSmilepaul
16 Oct 2014 10:23PM
Superb image. Well captured.
brian1208 19 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2014 11:24PM
Thanks for the comments (and the votes) yes, they all looked a bit tatty in the wet but this one was the smartest. some of the others were almost black they were so soggy
Hermanus 10 4 South Africa
17 Oct 2014 4:02AM
A super set Brian !! I like the Spoonbill feeding line - an unusual sight for me Smile
brian1208 19 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2014 10:42AM
thanks Herman, not something I've seen before either (nor have I seen so many in one group before)

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