It is always a pleasure watching these chaps. Blue Tits are quick little bundles of blue and yellow with a 'Y' shaped bandit mask and an attitude!
Wednesday, 30 March 2011
I spend every working day dealing with house builders and construction projects of one type or another and have always liked building sites. At this time of year the cliffs are full of building sites and the Jackdaws were not the only birds working hard.
Monday, 28 March 2011
I saw this young lady being born as I drove past in the car and, after a quick U turn, I watched as she was cleaned and took her first steps.
Watching her struggle and the already obvious bond between her and her mother made Monday that little bit better.
Sunday, 27 March 2011
Following a discussion with my proofreader/literary agent (sorry Simon) on the Purbeck cliffs this morning, I headed to Peveril Point in the hopes of seeing the newly arrived Sandwich Terns. A couple of hours spent watching these beautiful birds is never a waste, but they didn't come too close and so this is a bit of a tight crop.
Another beautiful morning for a wander and as usual, plenty to see. I spent a while chasing a small flock of Yellowhammers that were far more interested in themselves than me, but I couldn't get a good enough shot.
After several dozen more shots of 'out-of-focus' birds I was quite pleased when a passing Robin posed for a while.
Friday, 25 March 2011
A beautiful blue sky morning and almost enough time to appreciate it. Our walk along the cliffs was almost perfect, with Rock Pipits and Stonechats joining us, Peregrines skirting the cliffs and what may or may not have been a Seal in the sea below us.
Thursday, 24 March 2011
It has been a bit of a hectic week and photo opportunities have been rare. I haven't had chance to make good use of the sunshine and this always makes me grumpy.
Tomorrow though, begins a three day weekend and the weather is looking good.
The first stop will be to spend a little time with the Roe deer before the fawns are born in June.
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
One of the benefits of the Super Moon and a very low tide is that our beach suddenly becomes twice as wide! This means that the more active members of the Purbeck Footprints crew get to charge around like mad things. Benny and Sika live for days like this!
Monday, 21 March 2011
Sunday morning's wander was one of the finest I have had for a while. Starting with the Roe Deer, a rather special show of Dolphins and finally a close encounter with this chap.
He was sunbathing on an anthill by the side of the path and looked a lot more comfortable than I was. I really enjoy seeing our Adders and getting close always fun. I got to within about 3 feet of this one and was disappointed that I only had the big lens with me.
Early on Sunday morning we came across the Roe Deer. Two bucks, both seemed very fit and healthy, both sported fine sets of velvet covered antlers and both were looking after two equally fine looking doe's.
Hopefully, this will be another good year for our small Roe Deer population.
Sunday, 20 March 2011
For the second week in a row and for only the second time since we have lived on the Isle of Purbeck we saw Dolphins. This morning there was a pod of eight, we think, with the bonus (if we needed one) of a calf.
Saturday, 19 March 2011
Beautiful blue skies a slight frost and not a breath of wind. A wonderful start to the day and a chance to revisit the Dartford Warblers that I saw a couple of weeks ago. I only saw one this time, which was a shame, but they are cracking little birds.
Friday, 18 March 2011
After a pretty hectic week there was just enough time, as the Sun went down, for a walk on the beach with the dogs. The rain clouds were clearing nicely and as the temperature dropped it seemed that we might get that promised 'good weather weekend' after all.
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
Another beautiful day and another day stuck at work, but at least I managed a lunch break. After what was probably my worse 'wounded Oyster' impression, this rather disgruntled mudlark wandered off to find his lunch. I do like Oystercatchers though, they have wonderful eyes!
Monday, 14 March 2011
As I left the Isle of Purbeck this morning it was obvious that today was going to be another beautiful blue sky day. Not just that, but also another day when I wouldn't be able to pick up the camera.
At the moment, the weather forecast for the weekend is good! Fingers crossed..
Sunday, 13 March 2011
As you can imagine, I took dozens of shots of these Dolphins this morning. Not easy to catch them breaking the surface though as you can never predict where they will be next.
Wonderful to see though and very popular judging by the amount of people whose faces were turned towards the sea.
I have lived on the Isle of Purbeck for twelve years now and this is the first time I have seen a Dolphin here. It is not totally correct to call it a Purbeck Dolphin I suppose, but two spent a while playing with crab pot buoys put out by Purbeck fishermen so for a few minutes at least, that is exactly what they were.
Saturday, 12 March 2011
Two Peregrines circled the castle this morning spending quite a bit of time watching and waiting. This gave me plenty of time to take dozens of out of focus shots. They were quite high but, as my camera seems to perform better when I swear at it , I managed a couple of half reasonable ones.
A little bit of a 'small bird fest' today with Great, Blue and Long Tailed Tits, Dunnocks, Robins, Goldfinches, Chaffinches and a single Yellowhammer making up the numbers. All of them making plenty of noise and all of them choosing to hide behind sticks!
Thursday, 10 March 2011
This was taken just as dawn was breaking on a very dull and gloomy day. Two Otters enjoyed swimming in the river whilst five Kingfishers flew above it.
Not a bad way to spend an hour, just need a little Sun next time.
A big thank you must go to Martin and his lovely friend Val for making this visit possible.
Tuesday, 8 March 2011
Two days of beautiful blue skies and yet very little time to take photographs. Almost wall to wall Pheasant and Partridge on one of the narrow country lanes I was driving down this afternoon meant that I had to stop to avoid a massacre.
Three Swans elegantly, effortlessly parading across the lake in the warming Sun, showing off to all who would look.
Out of the crisp blue sky two slightly larger, slightly less elegant swans landed in an explosion of water and wings.
Heads down, heals back, bow waves building nicely they raced to cut of the posing trio.
And then it kicked off....
Sunday, 6 March 2011
Eventually the Sun came out and so, of course, did the camera. Today though I really struggled with the camera. Strange that considering I spend so much time with my little black box of plastic, metal and glass, some days it's like I have never picked it up before.
Luckily, a friendly Robin helped lift my spirits on the long walk home.
There were plenty of young Herring Gulls honing there flying skills over the cliffs this afternoon. There was quite a stiff breeze and the sea was alive with white horses but they seemed perfectly happy to join the Fulmars and Black-Backs putting on a fine show.
Saturday, 5 March 2011
There have been some superb shots taken of these Otters lately and I know how patient the chaps that took them are.
I saw one Otter today and for just a couple of seconds, long enough to take three shots!
They are beautiful animals though and are always a real treat to see.
Friday, 4 March 2011
Dartford Warblers are rapidly becoming a bit of a favourite of mine. Apart from being a good looking little bird, they are great fun to watch and to photograph. I like his song too, reminds me of someone trying to tune in an old radio.
As usual, the Sun shines during the week whilst I'm at work and so we are back to drive-bys and traffic jams. I don't see many Redpoles either and so when this little one hopped along the hedgerow I had to take a break. I only managed three shots before he disappeared but I quite like this one.
Thursday, 3 March 2011
I need a picture of Corfe Castle, Swanage Railway and a lovely old steam train. Unfortunately, patience is not my strong point. I can wait, motionless for hours watching deer, but I could barely manage 30 seconds waiting for a train.....
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