What am I looking at?
You’re looking across Middlebere Channel, an inlet of Poole Harbour, viewed from the Arne Webcam near Coombe Heath, Arne Nature Reserve, near Wareham in Purbeck, Dorset.
If it's quiet right now come back on a rising or falling low tide, the closest tide times are for Cleavel Point. Check the BBC Tide Tables.
Autumn and winter
An internationally-important number of wading birds and ducks and geese migrate or overwinter in Poole Harbour. Look out for large numbers of avocets, black-tailed godwits, curlews and redshanks as well as teal, wigeon and shelducks. Small groups of spoonbills feed on small fish and invertebrates, and oystercatchers probe the mud for shellfish. A flash of blue might reveal a kingfisher.
The best times to watch are two hours before and after high tide.
Spring and summer
These mudflats, inlets, saltmarsh and open tidal water are an important fuel stop for passage migrant wading birds who arrive in mixed flocks. Some redshanks stay in the harbour all summer to breed on the saltmarshes. Flocks may rise, flushed out by birds of prey such as peregrine falcons, buzzards and marsh harriers. There may even be sightings of the ospreys that visit the Harbour from April to September, catching fish in the channel at high tide.
With thanks to Wildlife Windows for providing and installing this webcam.