It seems like quite a while since we had a full day of sunshine. So, after a walk along the cliffs in the morning (and a pasty for lunch) I headed for the Purbeck's northern boundary and the shores of Poole Harbour. The waders were keeping there distance, as were a couple of Reed Buntings and a solitary Dartford Warbler but this little Dunnock was very happy to pose.
Sunday, 30 January 2011
Saturday, 29 January 2011
Gradually, our old,mellow yellow, sodium street lamps are being replaced by brand new, shiny white lights. This is probably a good thing, I suppose, but it is changing the way the town looks after the Sun goes down.
The street lights along the sea front cast quite a nice warm glow and this will be lost very soon.
This picture was taken with a 5 second shutter speed on a rather gloomy evening, no stars, no moon, just a warm yellow glow.
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
Sika are just wonderful animals. They have the most expressive faces and are incredibly curious. Although these Sika wont let you get too close, they are a lot more used to people than my local Roe deer and so will tolerate a little more intrusion. This, I think, is one of last years young.
Monday, 24 January 2011
I have always liked taking photographs directly into the Sun, especially when I'm near the sea. It is a good time to play with silly shutter speeds.
The smooth black rocks on the shore in Kimmeridge Bay look pretty special when still wet from the receding tide and reminds me of polished Jet.
Sunday, 23 January 2011
In the search for a few nice bits of Kimmeridge Shale there is really only one place to go and that, not surprisingly is Kimmeridge Bay! Walking along the bay calls for a steady feet, as seaweed tries hard to make you fall over and beautiful black rocks slip nicely when you put your feet on them.
Apart from the Pied Wagtails and a so far unidentified Warbler, there were a number of little Rock Pipits. I can watch these happy chaps for hours.
Saturday, 22 January 2011
Even though there was rain in the air and the Sun refused to break through the clouds, the cliffs were a fine place to be. Among the Herring, Black-Backed and Black Headed Gulls were several Gannets and a few Fulmars. With Shags, Guillemots and Razorbills bobbing up and down on the water and a lone Peregrine on the lookout for breakfast, it was a good morning for a wander.
Friday, 21 January 2011
Thursday, 20 January 2011
Tuesday, 18 January 2011
This is St. James church in Kingston on the Isle of Purbeck, one of our most elaborate buildings. Built 140 years ago by the local land owner, perhaps more as a statement of his own wealth and importance than anything else, it is nonetheless very impressive. This is one of those buildings that is hard to do justice to, but I like this view through the trees.
I have been meaning to have a play at night shots for a while now. So tonight, with clear skies and an almost full moon, I went for a wander. This is the chalk pinnacles of Old Harry in the distance, taken with a 90 second exposure.
If anyone has any hints or tips, I would appreciate it. I don't want to digitally alter any photo, so everything I do must be using the settings on the camera.
Sunday, 16 January 2011
Ah memories. This was just a week ago when the Sun was shining and the clouds were struggling to stay in sight, not the other way around.
The feather detail on a Blackbird really shows up well if you can catch it in the Sun.
With the clouds getting darker and the skies showing no sign of our promised sunny spells, we wandered along the beach to the north of the bay where the land is slowly slipping into the sea. Not much in the way of wildlife, which was good because the light was terrible, but we were joined by a very friendly Rock Pipit.
Saturday, 15 January 2011
Tuesday, 11 January 2011
Sunday, 9 January 2011
With the Sun still shining I couldn't stay in and had a walk along the shore of Poole Harbour. I don't spend enough time here and I'm not too good at recognising water birds, so I need more practise. This, I think, is a female Reed Bunting, but if anyone knows better just shout.
Finally, a beautiful blue sky day. A wander along the cliffs gave us great views of the Gannets fishing in the bay again. There were plenty of other sea birds on the water too, with Guillemots and Razorbills almost outnumbering the Herring Gulls. The local crows were doing a grand job of bugging the Buzzards but they were given a taste of there own medicine when a Peregrine had a go back.
Saturday, 8 January 2011
The first thing that struck us as we made our way to the cliffs this morning was the noise of some of the largest waves I have seen here. Durlston Head was being battered by huge swells and the bay itself was a white mass of broken water. Flying low across the bay were dozens of Gannets looking far too white against the slate grey of the sky. Around the head, the Southern cliffs were taking the full force of the water but a solitary Peregrine, just a dot against the rocks, sat, watched and waited.
Following a tip off I headed to the bay to catch a glimpse of a seal finishing off a very large Sea Bass. I don't see seals around here very often so I was quite chuffed. Once again though the weather was against me and I had to go when the rain got too heavy. Even though I did my best 'wounded fish' noise he wouldn't come any closer and so this is the best I could get. A bit of a tight crop.
Wednesday, 5 January 2011
So there I was, car parked and walking slowly across the road to the hedge where a strangely unconcerned Buzzard was sitting. Although the light had gone I advanced with my camera to my eye, changing the settings as I went, oblivious to everything else around me (I have seen proper wildlife photographers do this on television) and got within about 8 feet..
Then all of a sudden, a second Buzzard came out of no where and dive bombed the first. All thought of being a proper photographer evaporated as I almost dropped the camera!
Not the greatest of shots, but the best I could do at the time.
Sunday, 2 January 2011
Again the weather was against me and so again I had to go looking for easier targets. There were far too many people around today and, like the Sika, I left the popular tracks and headed to the more secluded areas.There were six or seven young females here and it was very easy to relax and enjoy the company.
Even the Squirrels were running and hiding today. It really is great to see so many people out and about and enjoying themselves though and as long as there are still quiet little places that get overlooked, I'll be happy enough.
Saturday, 1 January 2011
As the new year dawned it was obvious that the weather was not going to be kind again. Trying to take shots of moving animals or birds when the light is this bad is no fun at all and so I relied on a more sedentary target. Corfe Catle hasn't moved much in about 1000 years (apart from the bits that have fallen off). Tomorrow there is the promise of some much needed Sun and so I will try again then.
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