Deer are my favourite subjects, I never get tired of watching or photographing them. The Sika are easier to get closer to than the Roe Deer, but they are just as pretty.
Monday, 31 August 2009
Saturday, 29 August 2009
With more meadows being cut down at this time of year the colour of the landscape starts to change. This mornings wander was a little bit disappointing because of the lack of birds and animals. There was plenty of noise from the hedgerows, but they were all keeping well out of range.
Thursday, 27 August 2009
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
One from last night, just as the Sun was setting and the light was a little poor. It was great to see another Fox in such good condition. I tried my 'rabbit in distress call' again, as it worked so well before, and choked on my chewing gum. Dr.Dolittle, I ain't...
Monday, 24 August 2009
Swanage is the perfect place for a firework display as it has hills on three sides and water on the other. This is my first real attempt at shooting fireworks, so any hints and tips would be appreciated.
For the technical, this was iso 100, f8 for 0.8 sec.
Sunday, 23 August 2009
The Typhoon Eurofighter showing off at the Bournemouth Air Festival yesterday. I managed two shots with vapour starting to form on the wings and cockpit. The other one would have been a better shot but it wasn't quite in focus.
I was sat on a boat taking these, so thanks to Haydn for the trip.
Saturday, 22 August 2009
I couldn't make it over to the Bournemouth Air Festival today, but I did get an offer from a friend to take a trip on boat. Although it was not the easiest of platforms, the company was great and the show was superb.
This is the Mustang and the Spitfire, just wonderful.
Impossibly delicate and only a few inches tall, it is amazing that Autumn Ladies Tresses survive the constant barrage of wind on the Durlston hills. I saw Dom Greves' shot of these and set out this morning to find them.
Thursday, 20 August 2009
Tuesday, 18 August 2009
Poole Harbour, this evening at about 7.30, just as most of the holiday makers were queing for the ferry. Not a bad to be on a beautiful sunny evening. We spent a while in the dunes (not looking for nudists) but looking for tracks. We had Deer, foxes and even snakes and spiders leaving there mark in the sand, all good fun.
Monday, 17 August 2009
Sunday, 16 August 2009
It is hard to think of these cute little Wheatear gracing the table of the high born, but there were considered quite a delicacy. Shepherds used to catch them alive sell them on, making more in a Wheatear season than they could hope to get looking after sheep.
Not a lot else going on today, maybe later this evening will be a bit better.
Saturday, 15 August 2009
This is from my encounter with the young Fox the other day, just after I did the Rabbit call.
If you fancy giving it a go you, either, slowly rub a piece of expanded polystyrene across a piece of glass, or purse you lips and suck (making that squeaking noise you use to annoy kittens!)
Try it, it does work sometimes.
Friday, 14 August 2009
Thursday, 13 August 2009
We watched this young Fox for quite a while tonight and he seemed happy enough. Until I did my 'trapped Rabbit' call, that is. He bounded about twenty feet towards us, then stopped suddenly and sat down. I think he was disappointed.
Tuesday, 11 August 2009
One from the archives as I failed miserably to take a decent shot of a Bat tonight.
I took one shot of a recognisable bat, but it isn't good enough to post, but I have figured out what I was doing wrong. It was only the flash, focus, shutter speed, aperture and timing. Once I sort those out, I've cracked it.
I was just watching the Sika in the background, (not taking any photos honest) when out of the blue, a head popped up. There was a herd of about thirty, all healthy and happy in there summer coats, ready to eat the Roses from the gardens of the miserable people who call these beautiful animals pests.....
I know what I would rather have in my garden.
Monday, 10 August 2009
After a lovely weekend we have rain again, the clouds drop and everything turns grey.
Corfe Castle just about survived Oliver Cromwell's attempt to erase it from view 350 years ago but it can't fight mother nature.
Sunday, 9 August 2009
Another beautiful, blue sky day with sea as calm as a mill pond. One of the plus points of being in a Kayak is that you can go places that other boats can't. There are several caves in the cliffs here and a few arches to squeeze through. You can get close enough to touch the cliffs and this really gives you a true idea how big they are.
Saturday, 8 August 2009
The cliffs along the Purbeck coast are home to several stone quarries, long since abandoned. Some are easily accessible some are a little more difficult. Hedbury quary is an easy one. There are many stories as to why Hedbury has a cannon, some say it was defence against Napoleon or French privateers. It was probably just ballast on a returning stone boat and the quarry manager thought that it looked cool and kept it. But nobody should let facts get in the way of a good story.
Friday, 7 August 2009
This evenings walk was perfect, with bright sunshine and blue skies. Within the first first five minutes I was joined by this beautiful young lady.
The Roe deer of Purbeck are very special, the last survey claimed that there were only 29 of them.
Thursday, 6 August 2009
After the day I've had, I really need a walk and so it rains.
Now, don't get me wrong, I really like walking in the rain. But since I have had my camera surgically implanted to my right hand I feel naked without it.
This is the back end of a Sika by the way and a memory of a much nicer day.
Wednesday, 5 August 2009
It is so nice to see the clear blue sky again after so many days of dull cloud and rain. A beautiful walk this evening took me through the reserve at Townsend. Lots of little birds for a change, plenty of noise and oplenty of movement.
Tuesday, 4 August 2009
I have just been out in my kayak after a gap of too many months. I really enjoyed it, but the weather was almost exactly not like this.
Big seas, rain and wind made it interesting, but it meant that I couldn't take a photo. So I'm posting this one from a much nicer paddle.
Monday, 3 August 2009
Sunday, 2 August 2009
Saturday was the last day of the carnival. It is now time to grow up and act like a responsible adult again. (this isn't something that comes natural to me)
The Kwahadi Dancers performed a stunningly colourful show but unfortunately the light wasn't good due to the typical August weather.
They spent a little while chatting to the kids and although weren't here for long they seemed to enjoy themselves.
The morning had barely begun and the Sun was yet to clear the horizon but there we were sat in a hide a few metres from a pond that con...
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