Adult Phalaropes are very special.
Adult female Phalaropes are amazingly, super special.
Adult summer female Wilson's Phalaropes are on top of the tricolor scale of specialness!
You guessed it - I've just returned from watching the Wilson's Phalarope on the Isle of Wight which originally started out as day trip but ended up as family mini-break!
I somehow persuaded Mrs B that visiting the Isle of Wight on a school inset day with the kids would be a good idea and much more fun than a typical family day out to Legoland or Thorpe Park, so before she had time to change her mind, the ferry was booked, accommodation arranged, bags packed and we were circumnavigating the M25 and heading south-west down the M3 towards Lymington and the ferry - and before the end of the day I was watching the sublime adult female Wilson's Phalarope on the Old Station pond in Yarmouth.
And just to prove the weekend wasn't just about watching a Phalarope, here's a picture of the most westerly of the three Needles photographed from a very breezy Alum Bay - enjoyed by all the family.
After exploring and enjoying the delights of the Isle of Wight over the weekend we returned late Sunday afternoon to Yarmouth harbour to catch the ferry back to the mainland, but I couldn't leave the island without popping into the Old Station pond for just another quick look at this rather special bird.