I took loads (!) - here's a small selection:
The above youngster only had one front leg, it didn't stop him getting about though!
Mom & Youngster!
Video 1: Distant Spoonbills:
Video 2: The Sika Deer (including cry of Stags!):
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Absolutely enthralling Rob - thank you so much for sharing your experience!
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In reply to WendyBartter:
Rob, Great photos, great reserve. Glad you took the decision to go there. The Dartford will come eventually. What camera were these on?
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In reply to doggie:
Very interesting report of your day out, Rob. Well worth the long journey. Great shots of the deer. Fascinating to watch the behaviour of the stag keeping his harem under supervision. The call is quite eerie although surprisingly high pitched for such a large animal.
I was once told that the Sika were originally introduced on Brownsea Island thinking they would be contained there. Someone forgot they could swim though so became established on the mainland. I don't know whether that is true.
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Hi Rob,pleased you had a good day,we are fairly regular visitors and have never had anything but a good day.Dartfords not easy to see my guess would be 10% of visits gives you sightings but increases dramatically if you go on Wednesday guided walk with volunteer or information officer at the best time of the year as they often take the walk to places out of bounds at other times.Suggest if you really determined sometime to see Dartfords then get in touch with information officer at Arne and ask about the best time of year to visit and go on the Wednesday walk at that time.Think Arne is the best place to see Dartfords.
In reply to bob's_retired_now:
Good Luck Bob if you head down, I'm sure you will have a cracking day.
I took the photos / filmed the video with a Fujifilm S4000 Bridge Camera - it's not a bad little camera where the photos are concerned but the video can be a little annoying with the sound the camera makes when focusing - hoping to get an upgrade around Christmas time!
Thanks for the replies so far :)
Great report Rob - I am glad you enjoyed your first visit to Arne - I hope it won't be your last. There is always something great to see no matter what time of the year it is!
In reply to TeeJay:
TeeJay said:I was once told that the Sika were originally introduced on Brownsea Island thinking they would be contained there. Someone forgot they could swim though so became established on the mainland. I don't know whether that is true.
Teejay, Absolutely. I have just come back from Scotland and on a boat trip the fisherman was saying that he seen red deer swimming up to four miles out at sea between islands.
In reply to Bob Philpott:
Excenlent report and photos of a great reserve, I only live about 30-45minutes drive away and have been over 7-8 times this year and spotted my first dartford warbler on Sunday the 14th. It is a very good place to get close to the sika in the fields or in early morning on the marsh feeding by shipstall hide
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