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  • Media: Hen Harrier Tour

    Male hen harrier circling the shores of Poole Harbour. Dorset, UK. (From the Middlebere side of the channel as it flew past the Coombe Heath hide)
  • Media: Lagoon (Soon) II

    Former ball clay pit being transformed into a lagoon wetland area for wildlife. Arne, Dorset, UK. Hard landscaping is now complete. It will take about 2 years for the water level to rise to its final height. The lagoon area is currently off-limits to the public for safety reasons.
  • Media: Blackbird

    A female Blackbird in the car park just after I saw a Woodpecker and a Tree Creeper..but I never managed a photograph of them..:-)
  • Media: Raft Spider Reflected

    Young raft spider afloat. Arne, Dorset, UK. 05/08/11.
  • Media: Coombe Heath Hobby

    Hobby over Coombe Heath at Arne, with Wytch Farm well head behind. Dorset, UK.
  • Media: Four Spotted Chaser Detail

    Four spotted chaser eye detail. Arne, Dorset, UK. 29/05/11.
  • Media: Raft Spider Treat

    Raft spider (Dolomedes fimbriatus) consuming damselfly. Arne, Dorset, UK. Had to get my feet wet to capture this shot despite the wellies!
  • Media: Mud glorious Mud

    Godwit wandering off in search of food opposite the fence hide coombe heath
  • Media: Snow Sika

    Sika deer in the overflow carpark at Arne. 18/12/10
  • Media: Sika Spring Collection

    This year's fashionably dressed sika hind will be stepping out in a golden yellow radio collar with matching ear tags. 08/03/11. Model: Sika3 @ Arne.
  • Media: Arne Claypit 07/11

    Former ball clay pit now being flooded to create a lagoon habitat for wildlife. RSPB Arne, Dorset, UK. 14/07/11. This area is currently off-limits to the public for safety reasons.
  • Media: Arne Barn Owl

    Barn owl at RSPB Arne, Dorset, UK. 27/06/11.
  • Media: Thunderous Osprey

    Wild osprey (Pandion haliaetus) with freshly caught bass on the salt marshes of Poole Harbour at Arne. 13/09/10. The result of 3 weeks' preparation and one remarkable hour. 'Picture Arne' competition entry Photo © Dom Greves Canon EF 100-400mm | 1/200 sec @ f/8.0, ISO 100...
  • Media: Fiery Hen Harrier

    Hen harrier (Circus cyaneus) 'ringtail' in flight. Poole Harbour, Dorset, UK. From the Middlebere side of the channel. Either a juvenile male or adult female - we're not entirely sure.
  • Media: 6 Red Breasted Merganser

    As before swimming in the channel coombe heath..
  • Media: Raft Spider Hatchlings

    Nest of raft spider (Dolomedes fimbriatus) hatchlings. Arne, Dorset, UK. Hundreds of them in this bundle. Not sure what explains the unearthly blue glow.
  • Media: Great Diving Beetle Midnight

    Great diving beetle (Dytiscus marginalis). Arne, Dorset, UK. Patrolling the Coombe Heath pond.
  • Media: Spoonbills Surprised

    Spoonbills (Platalea leucorodia) in flight. Poole Harbour, Dorset, UK. 18/11/11. The appearance of a marsh harrier briefly put these birds to flight before they settled again nearby. (Taken from the Middlebere side of the channel. Also visible from Arne)
  • Media: Hobby on Bough

    Hobby surveying the hunting grounds. Not such rich pickings on the wing this evening as it began to cloud over however. Arne, Dorset, UK.
  • Media: Lesser Spotted Car Park

    A new species to look for in the Car park at Arne,..never mind FireCrest or Woodpeckers..can you spot the lesser Spotted Dom...:-))
  • Media: Middlebere Peregrine

    Peregrine falcon surveying the assembled waders opposite the Coombe Heath hide overlooking the Middlebere channel at Arne. 08/01/11. I've often read about this distinguished visitor in the Arne blog but never seen it on its favourite perch until today. Sadly no-one in the Arne hide to witness...
  • Media: Maternal Raft Spider

    Female raft spider carries her egg sac beneath her body. Arne, Dorset, UK. She will carry the egg sac for 2-3 weeks, dipping it in the water to keep it moist until the young spiders hatch. I almost trod on her, which would have been awful. Watch your feet around the pond borders folks!
  • Media: Silver-Studded Blue Butterfly

    Silver-studded blue butterfly (Plebeius argus) on the heath at RSPB Arne, Dorset, UK. 06/06/11.
  • Media: Wasp Spider Seduction

    Female and male wasp spiders (Argiope bruennichi). Arne, Dorset, UK. Male wasp spiders are not normally easy to find but this young lady had attracted 4 of them. Not sure if this fella was the right side of the web for what he had in mind...?
  • Media: Displaying Stonechat

    A male stonechat just taking off on his flying display for Mrs Stonechat