I bumped into a group of five Roe deer yesterday, and two things struck me. First, no matter how loudly I coughed they didn't look up and secondly that this small group made up 15 % of the Purbeck population. I am used to seeing two or three in one place, but not five! Just hope the local poachers are not as lucky as I was.....
Sunday, 27 December 2009
Another shot from Dancing Ledge showing the swimming pool. The stone has been removed to the level of the old sea bed and a pool was made to serve one of the local private schools. Every now and again the pool was drained, the rocks, Crabs and Conger Eels removed and everything would be fine. It hasn't been emptied for a while, so if you go for a swim be sure to count your toes when you get out.
Just one destination today and that was Dancing Ledge, an old quarry cut from the Purbeck cliffs. I have been meaning to get here for a while, but I keep getting sidetracked. The weather was perfect today and the company wasn't too bad either. Just me, Benny and a solitary Magpie that stayed with us almost all of the way there and then joined us foir the return trip.
Saturday, 26 December 2009
This is the other way on to the Isle of Purbeck, the Sandbanks ferry. The journey across the mouth of Poole Harbour is not the longest in the world, but it is nice to be cut off from the real world sometimes. This was taken just after the rainbow and as the rain was still falling.
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
Sunday, 20 December 2009
I really get a buzz out of getting close to the local wildlife. But sometimes. instead of bugging them, you have just got to leave them alone. This perfect little Fox was enjoying the warmth of the Sun this morning and it would have been a shame to disturb her.
Saturday, 19 December 2009
Friday, 18 December 2009
After so long without being able to use my camera, I needed a day off for some therapy and there was really only one place to go. I spent about half an hour with this young Sika and her family this morning and loved every minute of it. In the end, I had to leave before hypothermia set in but I miss her already.
Sunday, 13 December 2009
The clouds were building fast but as the Sun shone, Corfe Castle did too. Rising above the Isle of Purbeck for the best part of 1000 years the castle is always a good subject, but some days are better than others.
I keep seeing pictures of dogs on Flickr and it makes me realise that I don't take enough pictures of mine. You may have seen Benny before, he is a rather insecure rescue Collie cross with a love of sticks. It has been mentioned that I would get more wildlife shots if I left him behind, but that can never happen. Once I start getting the boots on and he looks at me with those big, brown eyes he knows I'm not leaving him behind.
Saturday, 12 December 2009
Not the finest picture of a Peregrine, but it is the best I have got so far. Not an easy shot for me, the cliffs at Durlston face south, which means that for most of the day the Sun is in the wrong place. On a cloudy day, the slate grey bird disappears against a slate grey sea so that is no help at all. This morning though, I had at least 10 seconds to get it right, so no excuses.
Monday, 7 December 2009
And he stayed here for quite a while, I wandered off before he did.
Yes, this is another Sika, taken a couple of days ago. I saw this chap from the road and spent a little time carefully trying to get close. As it happens, I could have driven up to him, played Faithless full blast on the stereo, sung along with it and he still wouldn't have run off.
Nature, is strange....
Saturday, 5 December 2009
Friday, 4 December 2009
Thursday, 3 December 2009
In the middle of the industrial estate were I work somebody has put a bird feeder. I've never seen it before, but to be honest I haven't really looked. Quite handy really, only two minutes from my office, it gives me a chance to play with the camera when I haven't got a lot of time.
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
Well, the Sun didn't last too long, but before it disappeared altogether I managed to get a shot of this little Blue Tit. Another old faithful, during a time when I have barely been out. I'm getting so unfit that I'll need to have the emergency services put on standby next time I go for a proper wander.
Today, I managed to point the camera at something alive without getting wet! Even though time is not on my side at the moment I quite like this one. Taken just before we lost the Sun again and during a much too brief lunch break, I just cannot resist a Robin. They are one of those special creatures that always make me smile.
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