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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It is difficult to get out with the camera when the nights draw in and the weather is far too complicated. The dogs still need to be walked though and even if I can't get out on my own I am out with them. I don't mind walking in the rain, if fact I quite like it, the problem is the camera and the fact that I don't ever like to leave it at home.
This weekend the weather was as changeable as ever but I managed a few shots. Fingers crossed for some
The Purbeck Roe Deer is special! They are a lot less common than our Sika
and are wonderful to see at any time of year. I can and do spend far too
long with these creatures and always keep an eye out when I'm
wandering. In my mind, there is no finer animal.
We do not see Red Deer on the Isle of Purbeck and the Fallow is a very rare visitor, although I have seen them here on a couple of occasions.
Seeing deer is always special and finding a big white buck, even more so!
Today I have seen four of our six species of wild deer and that is never a bad thing.
Puffins can be seen on the Isle of Purbeck but there are only a few and they are here for only a couple of months in the Summer. They are beautiful little birds and are always a pleasure to see and photograph. The shots were not taken here but on the western most tip of Iceland, a place that I found an instant connection with and somewhere that I must go back to as soon as possible.
Lately we have been visited by at least one Grey Seal, who seems more than happy to swim around the bay delighting all those that see him.
On Saturday he popped up just behind one of the Swanage Sea Rowing Club gigs, just a few feet from the quay and then did a pretty good of avoiding having his photo taken.
I had the huge pleasure of spending a little time yesterday morning with members of the Swanage R.N.L.I. taking their lifeboat crew photographs. All of the current crew were there as well as quite a few past crew members. The weather wasn't great, I had only a limited time before the Sun disappeared and the sky turned a very unremarkable grey, but all of the crew, both current and past, were fine company.