Keen bird photographers may soon have the chance to photograph the rare bittern at Radipole Lake near Weymouth.
Restoration work at the lake has helped clean up its reed beds and BBC Dorset recently revealed that a few of the birds – which at one point nearly became extinct in Britain – have been frequenting the lake, and it’s hoped the bitterns will start breeding at Radipole soon.
Bitterns attract a mate with a distinctive booming call and are members of the heron family, distinguishable by their shorter necks. They tend to breed from the end of February and it is hoped some will choose the reeds at Radipole to nest.
Radipole Lake offers many opportunities to photograph a range of birds, including bearded tits, marsh harriers and birds of prey.
Read the full BBC Dorset story here.
Picture Credit – CCA: Bittern by Gidzy from Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/gidzy/3223738938/