Sunday, 20 April 2014

Sun, Dogs and Easy Walks

Swanage Bay and Durlston Bay are separated by Peveril Point, upon which stands the Coastwatch lookout station. The view from here is always wonderful whether the Sun is out or not!
Peveril Point

The Pinnacles

Ballard Head

Bird Identification The Easy Way

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?"...
Blackbird
Whitethroat
Blackcap
I like a nice easy life...



Sunday, 13 April 2014

The Long Way Round

 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.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Foxes, Owls and a Badger-shaped Rock.

I 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!

Anvil Point Lighthouse

Monday, 31 March 2014

The Fulmar Cliff

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.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

A Modified Fox

I don't normally modify my photographs, I prefer to let nature sort out the details for me. That said, every now and again I get asked for something a bit different. This picture is just one of those.
I must admit, I quite like this one but I won't be making a habit of it.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Stag Party

A trip to Arne today gave me the chance to get my Sika fix. Wonderful animals these and if you are careful and a little lucky, you can get quite close.



I didn't have the heart to try and get close to this one, he looked far too comfortable.