There are several really special views along the coast path and in my opinion, this is one of them. Standing above Durlston Bay looking north, past Peveril Point with the Coastwatch station. Across Swanage Bay to the chalk cliffs and Old Harry to Bournemouth in the distance.
Sunday, 31 January 2010
Saturday, 30 January 2010
It was a real pleasure to see these two again today. There was the full family of Roe deer, the stag (with a set of velvet covered antlers) the mother, a two year old female and these two.
Not a bad start to the morning.
This is another one of those birds that I really struggle with. This Pied Wagtail was quite happily sat on a statue overlooking the bay.
I didn't have the chance to photograph many birds today, so this was a bit of a bonus.
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Sunday, 24 January 2010
Sometimes it is best to let nature take its course, after all, she has been managing woodland for a lot longer than we have. It is a bit of a pain walking around, but this is just perfect for me. We are lucky to have several places like this on the Purbeck, just hope they keep getting ignored.
I just love Buzzards. Perhaps they are common and maybe they are not the prettiest of birds, but that doesn't matter. Today, I couldn't take a decent picture to save my life and then I stumbled across the Buzzard. All of a sudden my day improved.
Right in the heart of Swanage there is a small millpond. This feeds into the brook that continues, only a few hundred yards down, to the sea. Home to the usual suspects, Moorhens, the occasional Pochard and a couple of handsome Mallards. He wouldn't turn around though, but I swear he was smiling.
Saturday, 23 January 2010
Thursday, 21 January 2010
I have seen this young lad before, a couple of months ago. He has a scar across his face, which you can just about see even though I still didnt get the light that I wanted so he is a little hazey. Still, it is always a pleasure to see the local Roe deer. They are quite shy and there are not too many of them so it is quite lucky that some girls dig scars!
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
Taken from the North this time, Corfe Castle has Purbeck's southern hills to contend with. It looks different when you can't see the hills that are on its east and west side too. Almost, but not quite, lost in the mist that refused to burn off, we were about 3 miles away.
I don't tend to be paranoid, but when our little feathered friends start looking at you strangely, you know that something is going on. I watched these chaps for a while, but I only had a thin shirt on and started to shiver. Not too good when you are trying to take pictures.
Sunday, 17 January 2010
Spending time at the cliffs is one of the best ways I have found to clear the head. One of the best places to watch the waves on a rough sea day is at Anvil Point, just below the lighthouse. The old Tilly Whim quarry tends takes the full force of the waves.
Well, today was a lot better, the sun was shining, the sky was blue and it was almost perfect. I have been used to having the cliffs to myself lately, but the crowds were certainly out today. It really is good to see so many people enjoying themselves in such a beautiful setting and you could barely hear the little voice at the back of my head constantly swearing at them....
Saturday, 16 January 2010
Today, the rains came and the clouds refused to lift. So like a real man, I sat sulking in the corner until I just had to get out. There really wasn't a lot around, so I had to go where I knew I would at least have something to focus on. Buzzards are a bit of a favourite of mine so, even if the light is pretty bad and the detail is not great, I quite like one. It sort of sums up the day!
Friday, 15 January 2010
It took quite a while to get close to this Kestrel, when she flew off she didn't go far. I see her most days and I hope she is getting more used to me. It is not easy to hide when you are walking through a field of cut grass!
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
Monday, 11 January 2010
I was a little surprised to see this chap on the Isle of Purbeck. We have Sika and Roe deer but as far as I was aware, (and I am awaiting clarification) there were no Fallow deer! So, that begs the question; where has he come from? I know of a few private herds and, of course, the New Forest Fallow, but they really are miles away. I didn't have a lot of time to take this as the rain was falling, what light we had was quickly disappearing and he didn't really appreciate being interupted.
Sunday, 10 January 2010
Saturday, 9 January 2010
I think we could describe this mornings wander as a bit chilly. The temperature was probably just above freezing, but the wind sliced through you like a razor. Still, the sun was out and it really was beautiful along the cliffs. Plenty about too, with this little Rock Pippet trying to avoid the Jackdaws and Gulls.
Friday, 8 January 2010
I haven't had any time to play in the snow this year. So, a quick detour this afternoon was exactly what I needed. I only had a few minutes, so I was pleased to seee these two doing there best to relax in the freezing temperatures. Hopefully, I will be able to get out and about properly this weekend.
Wednesday, 6 January 2010
Saturday, 2 January 2010
Through the trees, almost into the Sun and with one foot in freezing cold water, this was the best I could do. The first time I have seen a Kingfisher in the stream that flows at the base of Corfe Castle and only the fourth one I have seen on the Purbeck. So, I was quite happy really.
Friday, 1 January 2010
A walk along the beach is never boring, whatever the weather. Today though, with the Sun shining, it was almost perfect. The sea was rough enough to chuck all manner of goodies on to the sand. Apart from the Pippits, Pigeons and Wagtails there was a couple of Crows helping to clean up after last nights celebrations.
Just a short walk along the beach with Benny today, to try and blow the cobwebs away. It was nice to have a beautiful day for a change and even nicer to pick up the camera again.
Anyway, here's wishing you all a fine and happy 2010.
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