Sunday, 30 May 2010

Time For Bed


Time For Bed, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

As I can't get out until later, I thought I would post a couple of shots from the last couple of encounters.
I was surprised by how relaxed this young lady was with me, as the Sun went down. Being up close to any wild animal is special, but when they seem to be as happy with your presence as you are with there's it gets even better.

Here We Go Again


Here We Go Again, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

As I can't get out until later, I thought I would post a couple of shots from the last couple of encounters.
This is the Fox that I was trying to get closer too when I was surprised by a Roe Deer.

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Superior Tracking Skills? Yeah, right!

So, there I was, slowly creeping towards a Fox and at one with nature. The only noise was the gentle sigh of grass giving way as inched forwards. I was aware of everything, every single sound. Every sound that is except the fully grown female Roe Deer that must have been stood only about twenty feet away. I think I need more practice, nearly had a heart attack!

Jackdaw Flypast


Jackdaw Flypast, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

I didn't realise that the, usually sleek and stylish, Jackdaw has a double chin when he is flying!

Friday, 28 May 2010

The Team


The Team, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

Well, it's official. Sika is now a fully paid up member of the family. We found her 35 days ago and luckily for us no one has claimed her. Today, we had her micro-chipped and checked out by the vet. She is gaining weight nicely and has really settled in.
The training is going well but although she is a real cutie, she is also as mad as cheese!

Careful Landing


Careful Landing, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

There is, once again, a pair of Kestrels nesting on the cliffs at Durlston. This gives great views of the adults, and the promise of some even better views of the youngsters. This morning, the male decided to show off his skills and it seemed only polite to watch for a while.

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Beach Hut Blues


Beach Hut Blues, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

Looking more than a little annoyed, a Kestrel makes use of a newly deserted Studland beach hut. After a weekend of crowds, we all need a little piece and quiet.

The Big Blue


The Big Blue, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

Our local R.N.L.I. lifeboat was out again last night and it had the Coastguard for company. It is always great to watch the lifeboat lads and lasses work or play and at this time of year, when the sea gets busier, so do they.

Dark Blue


Dark Blue, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

The light had gone, but I couldn't resist posting this one. A pair of Blue Tits had made a nest in a gap within an old stone wall and were very busy. This chap though, was very cool and seemed to be doing a good job at keeping the local moth population down.

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Look In To My Eyes


Look In To My Eyes, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

It is easy to be hypnotised by a Fox. When the Sun is starting to set and golden light is reflected in her eyes, time seems to slow down.

Relaxing Moments


Relaxing Moments, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

I am not sure whether this young lady has just had a fawn, but I think she has. She was surprisingly relaxed with me tonight, just after this shot she lay down so that only her head was visible above the grass and her eyes started to close.
I don't go looking for the youngsters, they need time and space to grow.

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Mighty Adonis


Mighty Adonis, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

I'm still getting to grips with macro photography and I'm never quite sure which bit to focus on (I prefer the eye, though it doesn't always look right). But any chance to take a half decent shot of a very small blue butterfly is not to be sniffed at. I think this is an Adonis Blue, but as always, feel free to correct me.

Well Fed


Well Fed, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

A rather plump looking Chaffinch sat enjoying the Sun. It wasn't the only one.

Very Slow Worm


Very Slow Worm, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

Luckily this Slow Worm lived up to his name. I spent quite a few minutes laying down on the road to try and get a decent shot. I wanted to get a shot or two of it in the grass, but when I picked it up from the road and carefully placed it among some very picturesque foliage, it found a bit of speed and disappeared.

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Gulls At Noon


Gulls At Noon, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

Not every bird or animal that I take a photograph of would suit this background.. At noon though, with Herring Gulls on a south facing cliff, there is not much choice.

Friday, 21 May 2010

Resident Roe


Resident Roe, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

One from last night, of our chief Roe deer. He has a fine summer coat now and a full set of antlers. A few yards away was his main squeeze but she was a little more secretive.

Work, Work, Work


Work, Work, Work, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

I can't really complain, when, on a visit to a construction site this afternoon I managed to put the meeting on hold while I took a few shots of the local wildlife. The rather impressive house that was to be built has its own lake, a colony of bats and a pair of Herons.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Goldfinch & Greenfinch?


Goldfinch & Greenfinch?, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

I see more Greenfinches than Gold finches so maybe this is the shot that I should like best. Still not convinced though.
Any thoughts would be appreciated, but remember, no blending...

Greenfinch & Goldfinch?


Greenfinch & Goldfinch?, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

I have been looking at these for a while now, and I still can't decide which shot I prefer. It took a while to get both birds in one shot but they would not sit on the same branch no matter how many times I asked them.
I know I could blend the two shots, but I don't want to do that.

Monday, 17 May 2010

Sika Sunset


Sika Sunset, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

Not content with my encounter earlier today, I went out again this evening to feed my Sika addiction.

Sika Sunset


Sika Sunset, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

As the Sun went behind the hills, the Sika wandered from the open heath into the woods. Seeing deer at any time is a bit special, tonight though was just about perfect.

Dappled Sika


Dappled Sika, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

It has been a while since I have posted a shot of our local Sika. So I was quite pleased when I saw this lady on the way home today. Sika are wonderful to photograph, they are incredibly curious and will often take a step closer to you and have a quick sniff before they wander off.
There are quite a few around here, but I never get bored of spending time with them.

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Early Spiders


Early Spiders, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

Plenty of Orchids around at the moment, but the Early Spiders are probably past there best. Always good to see though, but I struggle to get the shots that I want.

Green & Gold


Green & Gold, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

Several Greenfinches and Goldfinches sharing a tree, yesterday, caused me a real headache. I have shots of both birds together, but only one is in focus and I don't know which one I like best.

Look Out


Look Out, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

I really like these shots. I think Herring Gulls are very photogenic and catching the sunlight on the waves below the cliffs causes an effect that is technically known as 'sparkly bits'.

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Purbeck Puffin


Purbeck Puffin, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

Not the finest shot of a Puffin, but then, this is no ordinary Puffin. This is a Purbeck Puffin and it is my first this year.

More Rock, More Pipits


More Rock, More Pipits, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

No wander through the old quarries that scar the cliffs is ever complete without the company of a Rock Pipit.

Larking About


Larking About, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

I tend to stay away from the nesting Skylarks, but every now and again you get a chance of a closer view. These are great fun to watch and there song is very impressive.

Purbeck Puffin


Purbeck Puffin, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

Not the finest shot of a Puffin, but then, this is no ordinary Puffin. This is a Purbeck Puffin and it is my first this year.

Time


Time, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

Time is something that I just don't seem to have enough of these days. But finally I have a weekend with no plans and so I can just head off with the dogs and take pictures. I should be back, but I have heard a rumour that there may be the chance of Sun and beer later.....
Here's hoping for enough time to do what we want this weekend.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

That Tuesday Feeling


That Tuesday Feeling, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

Another day of unpredictable weather and far too much work meant that the camera has got little use lately.
I was quite lucky with this shot though. After seeing a reddy-brown lump in a field I decided on a second look. I couldn't get very close to the Fox, who looked like he was checking out the local mouse population, but at least I managed to shake the dust off the camera.

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Mad Dogs & Englishmen


Mad Dogs & Englishmen, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

It would have been nice to have a little midday Sun today, but I had to make do with a little midday rain. I was blessed with mad dogs though. Benny and Sika are getting on well and get many puzzled looks as they chase each other. The weather wasn't great today, but the walk was just what I needed. Not many chances to take a shot, but this Roe Deer more than made up for it.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Oh Canada


Oh Canada, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

Now I know these are not the most popular birds, but come on! Watching this younster goose-stepping around was great fun. This year there are only three young Canada Geese outside my office, but there is plenty of time for more.

Sika Update


Sika Update, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

We have had Sika for two weeks now and things are looking good. She has obviously never been trained or worked and has more than a little trouble controlling her long legs. She is incredibly curious and a bit of a handfull, but I think she is happy.

Wheatear


Wheatear, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

Lots of action on the cliffs tonight, the highlight of which was an all too brief encounter with a Peregrine, but not many photo opportunities. It was nice to see a single Wheatear sitting quietly minding her own business.

Monday, 3 May 2010

Hammered


Hammered, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

Another favourite, and one I hadn't seen much of until today. There were sunny spells today, in between the dark clouds and light rain, but they were not very long. So I was quite pleased to nab this Yellowhammer before the clouds made a very pretty little bird look a bit dull.

If It Has A White Throat, Then It May Well Be A Whitethroat

I just love clearly labelled birds and I always look forward to the return of the Whitethroats.

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Linnet


Linnet, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

Quite a few Linnets around at the moment, competing with the Whitethroats. I haven't managed a decent shot yet, but they are nice to see.

Hedge Top


Hedge Top, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

Another bird that I really struggle with. The Jay always seems to stay one step ahead.

More Greens


More Greens, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

Lots of little birds around at the moment, but I could only get close to a Greenfinch.
Time isn't on my side at the moment and I miss getting lost on the cliffs.

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...