As rain has stopped play, I have decided to post a shot from this time last year. I'm not sure if the weather is going to get better any time soon, so I may not be able to get out with the camera.
Sunday, 28 March 2010
Even though he was not looking his best, it was very good to see this chap. This is the young Roe deer whose twin brother was killed by a dog just a few weeks ago. Half way between his Winter and Summer coat, he stood his ground for a while before wandering lazily towards the hedgerow. By the time his Summer coat is ready we might actually get some Sun.
Saturday, 27 March 2010
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
It is about time that I posted a shot of some of these. Probably about 130 million years old, they turn up when the cliffs fall apart or the quarry men come up trumps. The middle print is 300mm wide and may well be an Iguanadon ( a big old dinosaur ). But what really freaks me out is the chance to walk on the same ground that Godzilla walked on!!
Monday, 22 March 2010
Sunday, 21 March 2010
It has been a while since I have managed to pick up the camera, and when I do my computer dies. So, after many hours of tinkering and more than a little swearing, I have fixed the computer and the Sun comes out. Highlight of the day was a group of four Wheatears, my first this year and a real sign of Spring. Bit of a close crop on this one, but I had to post it.
Monday, 15 March 2010
When the Sun is out it is difficult to resist taking a shot of one of the best known features of the Isle of Purbeck. Corfe Castle has been an impressive sight for a thousand years and although it has seen better days, it should be around for a few more years yet.
Not a great deal of time to snap away today, even though the weather was lovely. So, I had to make do with a quick portrait of my lunch date. Canada Geese get a lot of bad press, but apart from a small personal hygiene issue, this one was very polite.
Sunday, 14 March 2010
I like taking pictures that sum up the walk I have had and this one does that rather nicely. A beautiful morning, but a little windy, so all the little birds were bunkered deep in the undergrowth. As usual, I can always leave it to the Robin to save the day. I don't think you can ever take too many shots of these chaps.
Saturday, 13 March 2010
For a little while, the only part of this Fox I saw was her ears. For about half an hour I waited, quite happily, in the sun for her to wake up. Eventually, she lifted her head and I swear she smiled before she turned around and disappeared into the hedgerow.
All of a sudden, it seems, the cliffs at Durlston are alive again with sea birds. Apart from the Fulmars, plenty of Guillemots, a few Razorbills, Shags, Black Backed and Herring Gulls all trying to 'out noise' each other.
Thursday, 11 March 2010
Monday, 8 March 2010
A bit of a 'James Herbert' moment here with a couple more Rats on the ground picking up the fallen Peanuts.
Perhaps not the intended use for the feeder and there were a few rather cross looking Great Tits nearby, but these chaps need to survive the Winter too.
Deep in the woods, surrounded by plenty of much noisier little birds, was this little Robin. Very still and strangely silent, it just stayed there, seemingly lost in thought.
But then I suppose we all like to sit quietly in the Sun and think about what we need to think about.
Sunday, 7 March 2010
Now, I am pretty sure that this is a Pipit, but that is as far as it goes. If it was up to me, every Pipit in a tree would be a Tree Pipit but then when it landed in a meadow it would become a Meadow Pipit. Until little birds are born with I.D. cards, that is how it should be.
Anyway, as always a positive Pipit I.D. would be great, thanks.
After this mornings 'interesting' engagement with an Adder a friend of mine suggested a return visit. Her first sighting of wild Adders was a bit of a good one though. At least eight of these ladies all having a big hug in a slightly safer place than earlier.
I spent the best part of an hour following this very active Black Redstart around Durlston, as there aren't many around here. The fun had to come to an end, though, when I put my hand on a rather annoyed Adder. I'm not sure which one of us was more surprised, but it certainly took my mind off photography for a while.
Friday, 5 March 2010
Beautiful, cloudless blue skies, not a breath of wind and a sparkling crisp frost! It must be a work day....
Still, the weather forecast for the weekend is good so fingers crossed that the Jackdaw got it wrong.
Thursday, 4 March 2010
This shot was taken just a few minutes before the other one and shows just how much the light changed. Treecreepers never stay still and getting a decent shot in poor light is not easy. Still, this one show off the lovely patterns on his back. I didn't realise they were so colourful.
I have never had much luck with Treecreepers and today was no exception. This one came closer to me than ever before and I still struggled. Blue skies one minute, then cloud and gloom the next meant that catching this crafty little chap at his best was beyond me.
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