I spend as much time as I can exploring the beautiful Isle of Purbeck, a peninsula on the southern tip of the the county of Dorset in England. The photographs I take, hopefully, help to express how I feel about this magical place and show you things which you may see if you come to visit.
All the photographs of wild birds and animals are taken in there own environment.
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Not being an expert on British birds, it is sometimes difficult to identify the more obscure visitors that we get at this time of year. I much prefer the 'properly labelled' birds that we have here, it always makes it easier when I am asked questions such as: "what is that black bird?", "what is the bird with the white throat or black cap?"...
Our April wander, in two weeks time, will take us to Chapman's Pool and I wanted to go a slightly different way than normal. This meant a bit of a recky: checking the paths and trails to see just what is passable and what is not. Making sure that although the going may get rough, those that join me are not at risk of damaging themselves or getting stuck.
The route that I took is not a 'formal' path but takes in old rat-runs used by fishermen and those few that keep wandering away from the crowds and the coast path.
It wasn't an easy walk but the best ones seldom are, what it did prove however is that this is not one that I can take a group on. The path itself, where there was a path, has suffered a great deal because of erosion. This meant that the foreshore became the path. This whole area is littered with rocks that have fallen from Emmett's Hill some 300 feet above you and is a challenge to navigate.
Following the old path from Chapman's Pool back towards Worth has suffered too, slipping down the hill in several places.
The view from the path above the Pool is always superb though and worth the effort it takes visit.
went out for a wander last night, just before the Sun went down, to make
the most of the lighter evenings. It was too dark for photographs but
the Foxes were out and about, a Tawny Owl decided that my Tawny Owl
impression needed work and a Badger that I got very close too as it sat
in the bottom of a hedge suddenly became a rock! All in all, it was a good evening!
The Fulmar is a beautiful bird and one that is always great to watch. We have a few breeding pairs along the Purbeck coast but they are not easy to see when they are on the nest. So, I was quite pleased when I stumbled across a cliff view that made it easy to watch a few pairs.