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Little egret

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 Live webcam

We are very excited to bring you images of a Little egret nesting at Hengistbury Head which may, in fact, be the first live streaming of this bird on the nest in the UK.

The little egret is a small white heron with attractive white plumes on crest, back and chest, black legs and bill and yellow feet. It first appeared in the UK in significant numbers in 1989 and first bred in Dorset and at Hengistbury Head in 1996. Climate change with warmer winters probably made breeding in the UK viable.  Two eggs have just hatched (8 July) with the third expected to hatch soon, so we are in for a real treat over the next six weeks as we watch the young birds develop.

Hengistbury Head bird feeder

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 Live webcam

We are again live streaming our bird feeder at Hengistbury Head from our wildlife garden behind the Visitor Centre. You’ll expect to see a variety of sparrows, blackbirds, blue tits, great tits and wood pigeon.

Kingfisher Barn bird table

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 Live webcam

Enjoy the comings and goings of many species of birds at our bird table at Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre on the Stour Valley Nature Reserve.  You should expect to see sparrows, male and female blackbirds, blue tits, great tits and wood pigeon.  Have a watch and let us know what you see.

Heron time lapse

March to May 2020 Video timelapse

Watch a time lapse of a heron chick hatching, feeding and growing into a mature bird from the nest aloft the Scots Pines of Hengistbury Head. The heron’s now fledged and will be spending its time in Christchurch Harbour and along the Stour Valley. What a fantastic experience this was to witness the maturing of this fascinating creature.

Kestrels nesting

2018 Video timelapse

Our Kestrels nest high in the tops of the tallest pine trees on Hengistbury Head. We had 5 eggs laid at the end of April 2020 which hatched and the chicks fledged in the middle of June. The male bird does most of the hunting until the chicks are bigger and only then will the female risk leaving the nest to hunt close by. Voles are their favourite prey but they will search out small birds, woodmice, shrews, insects and earthworms. The Kestrel has amazing eyesight and can spot a beetle 50m from its perch!

Please bear in mind these are live streams of wild animals and from time to time they might be bringing live prey back to their nest. This is live unedited footage.

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