This, I'm afraid, is another little bird that I am not sure of. My money is on a Tree Pippit though, because of the 'warm buff tones' and the fact that I saw it fly from a tree....
As usual, I would appreciate a positive I.D.
Saturday, 31 October 2009
Thursday, 29 October 2009
To me, Jackdaws are the Mafia of the bird world. Impeccably dressed, they walk with a swagger and hang around in gangs. Great to watch, but don't get in there way. And certainly don't leave a sandwich on the wall while you taking pictures.
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
There are always plenty of Balck Headed Gulls hanging around by the sea wall. Unfortunately there are several fish & chip shops around and there is always something to eat. Perhaps they should just eat the fish.....
Monday, 26 October 2009
Sunday, 25 October 2009
Saturday, 24 October 2009
One of the benifits of all the rain we have had this week is that mushrooms are springing up everywhere. I always like finding these little chaps and if you can find them in a patch of sunlight, all the better.
Friday, 23 October 2009
It seems the fate of all our raptors to be harrassed by the local Crow, Jackdaw & Magpie population. The Buzzards seem to suffer the most, flying ever higher to escape unwanted attention. We do pretty well for raptors down here though, with Merlins, Hobbys, Peregrines, Kestrels, Buzzards and Sparrowhawks as well as the Owls. There is a Red Kite around here too somewhere, but I have only seen it a couple of times.
With all the rain we have had lately I have really missed wandering around the Purbeck. With the evenings getting dark earlier I just haven't had the time to get out. But, the weekend is here and regardless of whether I get rained on or not, I am determined to get out and about.
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
It is that time of year again!
From now on, and for as long as it takes, I will be watching the skies in the hope that the Short Eared Owls will return. Last year, I managed to get quite close bfore they were chased away by Magpies and Jackdaws. This shot is from last year and if I get anywhere as close as this I will be happy.
Monday, 19 October 2009
As usual, not a lot of time for a walk after work. To make things worse, the wind picked up and the clouds started to close in.
At this time of year, the pale remnants of Old Man's Beard flowers always remind me of frost and it changes the face of the hedgrerows. Just in case you missed the fact that Winter is well and trully on the way.
There a many strange bits and pieces to be found in the stone walls around the Purbeck. Lots of fossils, (fish teeth, shells and bones) old coins can sometimes turn up too. I have even found an old musket ball.
People sometimes leave little momentoes, memories of lost loved ones, wedged into the stones or under trees. This small heart was placed carefully on a wall. Maybe it was just found by a passerby and put here, maybe it means something more...
Sunday, 18 October 2009
With the promise of beautiful day it was time to break out the kayaks. Heading from Wareham Quay, down the River, across Poole Harbour to the town quay. The river was about as calm as you could get and the harbour wasn't exactly choppy. Not a lot in the way of wildlife, but we did come across a group of Herons and Egrets. I have heard of Spoonbills here, but we were to far away to see if there were some here. I tried to get closer but as you leave the channel the water gets very shallow, in places only a couple of inches, and you don't want to get stuck. One day, when I am brave enough, I will take the big camera and see what I can get.
Saturday, 17 October 2009
Friday, 16 October 2009
Thursday, 15 October 2009
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
Another little bird that I have always had a problem getting of a shot of. This little Wren was flitting about minding its own business when I popped out of the undergrowth, camera in hand because I thought it was a Dartford Warbler (I know, it looks nothing like one). Not a bad consolation prize though.
It is one thing knowing where these little chaps are, it is quite another getting a shot.
This Dartford Warbler was the less shy of the three I saw here, but he didn't exactly hang around.
Not a great shot, but my best so far and I keep running out of sunlight.
Monday, 12 October 2009
There is not a lot of time to get out during the week these days. Even on a beautiful, blue sky day I get barely an hour to wander. Tonight, I was chasing a whirlwind of Long Tailed Tits, Blue Tits and Chiffchaffs as they peeped and chipped through the hedges. Great to watch, providing the Sun was behind you.
Sunday, 11 October 2009
Early mornings with the Sika deer at this time of year are a little noisy. The Stags call in a way that sounds like a cross between a crying baby and a creaky door ending in a bellow that resembles a small Red deer. Very eerie but well worth it.
Saturday, 10 October 2009
There were dozens of Chifchaffs around this morning and they were making plenty of noise. After a week of rain I had mixed feelings abouth the warm, bright blue sky day I woke up to. Instead of spending the day wandering I have to tile the bathroom floor. Today it seems like I am the only one not singing!
Friday, 9 October 2009
Thursday, 8 October 2009
It is always good to see the local Roe Deer. I have seen a couple of youngsters over the last few weeks, so hopefully the population is still safe. There are reportedly only 29 Roe on the Isle of Purbeck so they are always a pleasure to see.
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
Another shot from this afternoon of my first white Sika stag. This chap is two or three years old, so he has been around for a while but he wasn't keen on people. Unfortunately, white Stags don't tend to live as long because of hunting or exclusion from the herd so maybe that isn't a bad thing. I am not going back for a better shot, I think I will leave him alone.
This was taken on the home this afternoon, it was very dull, rainy and the wind was picking up. I have seen white Roe, Fallow and Reds, but never a white Sika. The play rut going on in the background was even more of a bonus.
Monday, 5 October 2009
Sunday, 4 October 2009
Today I played at being a photographer again as a friend of mine wanted a few shots of his bike for a calendar. Something The Purbeck doesn't lack is photo opportunities but, as the light wasn't great, we had to improvise. This is taken in front of a mural painted by Nina Camplin and Antonia Phillips at the Pier Head.
Saturday, 3 October 2009
Thursday, 1 October 2009
Taken just before the mist was burnt off, Corfe Castle sits like an island between the hills. The mist allows us to see what Corfe Castle would have have looked like all those years ago. It would have looked even nicer if Oliver Cromwell hadn't lost his temper with it.
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