The Isle of Purbeck escaped the worst of the weather again, at least for a while, with a large chunk of the rest of the country getting slightly more snow. It was gloomy though and I was lucky to see a rather dashing Pheasant keeping a look out.
Monday, 29 November 2010
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 this morning. 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'...
Saturday, 27 November 2010
With just a few flurries of snow promised for over night, the day was always going to cold. I was hoping for good light though, but everything had that dull, grey, overcast feel to it. All the sensible birds and animals hunkered down under cover making the wander a little quiet.This little Dunnock summed up the day for me, he looked decidedly chilly and fed up.
Friday, 26 November 2010
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.
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Sunday, 21 November 2010
There were quite a few eager chaps hurrying around Arne the other day searching for an illusive Snipe. This one though was just a few feet from the visitors centre at Durlston. A fine place for a pasty and a cup of coffee on a cold day.
Saturday, 20 November 2010
This is obviously the main reason that Father Christmas keeps his deer on the roof while he delivers the presents.
The needles must have tasted good to the Sika because he was doing this for the best part of an hour.
Friday, 19 November 2010
The weather was less than favourable today and so I headed inland. The local Sika deer are always willing to pose but the real bonus is being able to get up close and personal. Leaving the well trodden paths and settling into the bracken means, if you are patient and maybe a little lucky, you can really enjoy being with these beautiful animals.
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
I have always wondered what it must be like to wander the countryside and have dangerous animals for company. You know, bears or wolves, something like that.
I'm not sure how I would get on, but after getting beaten up by a Canada Goose today, maybe I should just stick to Moorhens.
The Canada Goose is quite an impressive bird but to many it is an unwanted pest. I have always quite liked them though and besides, they are easy to photograph.
Just don't turn your back on them whilst trying to shoot other, less grumpy, birds. This one gave me a sharp peck on the back of the neck.
Wildfowl trust?....Nope, not any more!
Monday, 15 November 2010
Fully tooled up with a fine set of 8 point antlers, the Sika wasn't in the mood to hang about. He quickly guided his family through the bracken and disappeared into the trees. Usually, they are more than willing to pose and I can't help feeling a little guilty when I make them run.
Sunday, 14 November 2010
A wet and dull start to the day as we made our way to the War Memorial and then to the beach to run the dogs. Not much chance to get the camera out, but the little Black-Headed Gulls seemed happy enough.
Saturday, 13 November 2010
The weather today has been disappointing, with the promise of blue skies dispelling the rumours that forecasts are getting more accurate. After using all of my technical know-how to fix the camera (first shaking it and then banging it) I was looking forward to getting out and about.
Unfortunately, nature stayed in bed. Apart from the Robin of course, he can always be relied upon to pose.
Thursday, 11 November 2010
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 Buck was nearby too, but that shot was a little gloomy.
Sunday, 7 November 2010
Although they are often described as just another little brown bird and rather dull in appearance, the Dunnock is a cracking little bird. When the Sun hits them there markings and colours really show nicely. A very sweet little bird.
Saturday, 6 November 2010
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
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.
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