Sunday, 29 November 2009

Damp


Damp, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

It turned out quite nice for about a minute and a half this afternoon. In between the torrential rain and hail storms, there was ample opportunity to take at least three shots. I don't know what I am complaining about.

Rain Tree Crow


Rain Tree Crow, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

Looking pretty well hacked off with the whole weather thing, this solitary Crow just stood there while the heavens opened. But then, so did I...

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Curious Company


Curious Company, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

We finally had a little Sun today. Not a lot, but enough for me to test my trigger finger. Rock Pipits are another favourite of mine and an all too willing subject. I think I was invading his space a little but he calmed down when he realised I was just there to escape for while.
This is a favourite place for me too.

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Busted, Again...


Busted, Again..., originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

I'm still really struggling to get much time with the camera, so I was extra pleased to find this young lad. On his own, as the light was failing, I was also pleased that Roe Deer tend to freeze for a while before they leg it.

Monday, 23 November 2009

Rainy Days & Sundays


Rainy Days & Sundays, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

I start to get a little stir crazy when the weather is bad at the weekend. Robins and Squirrels help, they seem to be available for photoshoots however bad it gets.

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Familiar Squirrel


Familiar Squirrel, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

With the weather being politly classed as changeable, getting out with the camera is not easy. So, I resort to the places where I know I can get at least a few shots. I think I have seen this Grey Squirrel before, he isn't very shy and makes a great subject.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Looking Back


Looking Back, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

Another shot justas the Sun was setting and another Sika. No matter how many I see or how close I get (and you can get quite close to some of these) I never get bored. Just sitting against a tree, spending time with them is a great way to wind down.

Pheasant Season


Pheasant Season, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.
Pheasant and mushrooms, last time I saw this combination it was is a much different setting. Taken this afternoon, as the sun went down, it is not until you get close to the 'duller' female that you realise just how lovely there markings are.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Dark Blue


Dark Blue, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

I'm not getting a great deal of time to use the camera during the week but I did manage to catch this little chap. On a bright blue sky day it takes real talent to find the only Blue Tit that preferres to sit in the shade and not the Sun.

Monday, 16 November 2009

Single Gold


Single Gold, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

I normally see Goldfinches in large groups but this one was on his own. A youngster I think and not in the best of condition but, believe it or not, my first shot of a Goldfinch.

Short Bird, Long Legs


Short Bird, Long Legs, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

I very rarely manage to get antwhere near Little Egrets and today, after jumping from the car to catch a quick shot, the light was terrible.

Sunday, 15 November 2009

More Long Tales


More Long Tales, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

I can go an and on about Long Tailed Tits for ages, they are one of my favourite birds. They way they roll through the trees, in a gang of about twelve birds this time, is great to watch.

Formation Flying


Formation Flying, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

There were not many birds to be seen out at sea, but this group of Shags were flying quite close to the cliffs this morning. Great to see and an almost prehistoric looking bird.

Red Route


Red Route, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

I can't help but smile when I see a Robin.

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Tilly Whim


Tilly Whim, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.
After the driving rain had stopped, the Sun came out. If anything, the winds that were gusting at 65mph this morning seemed even stronger. Tilly Whim, the quarry at Anvil Point disappeared under tonnes of water. The blow hole made a noise like a jet taking off and you could feel the waves exploding in the caves below your feet.
Perfect.

The Day The Rain Hurt


The Day The Rain Hurt, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

With the wind topping out at 65mph and the sound of the waves clearly booming in the distance there was only one place to be. The cliffs at Durlston were taking the full force of the weather and the effect is always impressive.
When the sea is like this, there is an insane little voice at the back of my head screaming 'CANOE'...

Friday, 13 November 2009

Gossip


Gossip, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

It is nice getting a profile and a full face in the same shot, even though the mist meant that this is not as clear as I would have liked. There were three Sika Does in this little group and a couple of youngsters (the Stag was the chap in the photo I posted a couple of days ago).

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Nice Weather For Gulls


Nice Weather For Gulls, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

Apparently, there may be some Sun at the weekend. Something we have been lacking down here for a while, not good for business or pleasure. Still, as long as there are Black Headed Gulls willing to pose for a minute or two I shouldn't get withdrawal symptoms.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Ivy's Fireworks


Ivy's Fireworks, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

There is a lot of Ivy about and a lot of little explosions. I have far too many shots of these, so I thought I would post one without a bug on it.

Posh Goose


Posh Goose, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

You don't get too many Egyptian tourists around here but then, all of a sudden, there were two. I'm afraid they made the Mallards look a bit dull.

Monday, 9 November 2009

Meet The Boss


Meet The Boss, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

Not the big boss, but he did have a small harem. It is great being able to get close to these Sika but they are quick to let you know if you have got too close. Still a bit misty to get a really clear shot, but I haven't shaken my Sika addiction yet. So consider yourselves lucky that I don't post them all...

Green & Brown


Green & Brown, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

Perfectly coloured to blend in with her surroundings the Sika winter coat is a lot duller than the summer one. Even so, they are very pretty animals with the most expressive faces.

Misty Mornings


Misty Mornings, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

I find watching the Sika (even when I have a time limit) really special, almost spiritual. When The Purbeck is shrouded in mist and the early morning Sun just can't burn its way through, it takes the experience to a totally diffeent level.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Rock Hopper


Rock Hopper, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

A wander to Durlston Bay had to be cut short today because of rough seas and a high tide. As usual, we were joined by a handfull of these little Rock Pippets. Not bad company.

Dusty Wasp


Dusty Wasp, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

My second attempt at a bug shot. Hopefully this one wont land me on the DEFRA most wanted list. There can't be anything sinister about Wasps surely!

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Still Clouded


Still Clouded, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

There are still a few butterflies on the wing even though we are in to November now. Apart from a rocket propelled Red Admiral there was this slightly more sedantary Clouded Yellow.

Sunbathing


Sunbathing, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

Walking through the trees on a sunny morning is always good, but taking shots is difficult because of the light. So I was was quite pleased to come across a sunbathing squirell.

Friday, 6 November 2009

Sunny Spells


Sunny Spells, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

Every day this week, we have had wonderful sunny mornings. Today, when I decided have a day off, the Sun was a little bit more difficult to find.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Sika Seeker


Sika Seeker, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

A young Sika Deer doing its best to stay out of the rain. Sometimes they are easy to get close too, sometimes not so easy. Either way, they are wonderful to see.

Mushrooms


Mushrooms, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

Hidden under the bracken, in a patch of moss, we found these little chaps. The rain has left the ground very wet, but at least we get to see more fantastic little mushrooms.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Western Conifer Seed Bug?


Western Conifer Seed Bug?, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

If this is a Western Conifer Seed Bug I don't think DEFRA will be happy that I just let it fly out the door. The info I have is dated 2007, but it was on there most wanted list. Perhaps I should give them a ring...
Lovely little thing though.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Painfull, Inflamable and Edible

A bit of a strange old day on the weather front today. Lots of rain during the day and then blinding, low Sun on the way home. Still, the fabled photographers 'Golden Hour' was indeed golden, the light was just perfect.

Monday, 2 November 2009

"IT'S SUNNY"


"IT'S SUNNY", originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

As the Sun rose this morning, by far the most vocal bird seemed to be the Robin. Every where we went you could here them singing there little hearts out. It was a lovely morning though, I suppose he had plenty to sing about.

Portrait Of A Stick


Portrait Of A Stick, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

I really like Long Tailed Tits. I prefer them when they are in focus though, but I do think that this is a fine shot of a stick! I need more time.....

Early Monday


Early Monday, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

Typical, a fine blue sky morning and I didn't have time to enjoy it. Even a brief wander along the cliffs with Benny really blew the cobwebs away, though.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Black Beard


Black Beard, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

After a very stormy start to the day, the rain stopped and it brightened up a little. Joining the young Herring and Black Headed Gulls were a couple of Crows. Even with the poor light there feathers really shine, making the other birds look rather dull.

Sunlight At The Anvil


Sunlight At The Anvil, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

What a difference a day makes. This was taken yesterday morning just as the Sun was starting to burn through the clouds. Anvil Point Lighthouse always provides a bit of interest, this was where the illusive Black Redstart spent the morning.
Today we have rain and high winds, I'll have a wander up to the cliffs later just in case there is anything else stupid enough to brave the elements.

The Road to Muckle Flugga

Finally, after a couple of aborted attempts we managed to travel to the northern most part of the UK, some 710 miles north of my home on the...