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Great Northern Dot?!

Stephen Moss | 16:30 UK time, Wednesday, 5 November 2008


Autumnwatch contributor (and good friend of mine) Dominic Couzens arrived to see the show today - and while waiting to catch the ferry from Sandbanks spotted a new arrival in the harbour. Not a cormorant, or a shag, but a great northern diver - which has migrated here from its breeding grounds in Iceland.

By the time wildlife producer Nigel and cameraman Pete had been mobilised, there was good and bad news. The good news - we'd spotted the bird. The bad news - it was all the way over by Studland beach, on the very far side of the harbour. So at dawn tomorrow Pete will be out again to see if he can get a closer shot for tomorrow's final programme.

In the meantime we have another visitor - Simon (and his whole crew, led by producer Martin) have made the long trek down from Anglesey to Studland Bay. Having arrived, they realised that the murky waters mean that there is no way they can do a live dive tonight.

So instead, they've moored up five minutes walk away from my office, on the pier at Brownsea. And tonight, Simon will attempt a live dive in the waters just offshore. Fingers crossed he'll find some pretty amazing stuff.

Gordon is still watching the seals - and brings us the continued family saga of Nemo and his mum - will the little pup survive? And Bill and Kate continue to bring us the sights and sounds of Brownsea - including a very lost water rail, a bird that squeals like a pig from the reeds!

As always, keep sending us your comments - either on this blog or via the Messageboard - and of course we love seeing your great pictures on Flickr and video footage on our uploader.

Lots of events on the menu tonight as well - stuff you can do after we go off air tomorrow night, and for the rest of the autumn season to come. Check out the Breathing Places event finder - all you need is your postcode!

All the best - Stephen


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