Give them a little Sun and the Tilly Whim Adders will almost certainly make an appearance. They are always good to see but for most of the time you are lucky to a shot of grass with a bit of snake in it!
Sunday, 29 January 2012
Like any other walker I am fully aware of the existance of Gorse! No matter what I am wearing or where I decide to go I end up discovering just how sharp the needles are!
The Robin seemed a little more at ease with it!
Saturday, 28 January 2012
There was just a single Goldcrest in the trees, doing its best to keep out of sight! It was very gloomy but I couldn't move on without taking a few pics. Out of a couple of dozen shots, there was one that I was quite pleased with.
Thursday, 26 January 2012
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.
Sunday, 22 January 2012
It wasn't easy following a small flock of Fieldfares! A skittish bird at the best of times, today had the added distraction of a controlled explosion by the Royal Navy Bomd Disposal chaps, a whistling dog walker and a single, battered Red Admiral butterfly! The butterfly didn't actually disturb the birds, but it surprised me! Butterflies in January?
Saturday, 21 January 2012
I don't spend enough time taking shots of wading birds even though I live so close to Poole Harbour. Following a rather well timed meeting I managed to spend a little bit of time watching the Godwits, Oyster Catchers, Turnstones and Sandpipers searching for the neext juicy worm. Next time, I need a bit more Sun.
Sunday, 15 January 2012
It is not hard to imagine what Corfe Castle would have looked like if Oliver Cromwell hadn't have got his way. On a beautiful blue sky day, the Purbeck has several 'must go' places, but today we spent a very nice few hours following the deer and the Redwings. There was even a chance for a cream tea and a history lesson!
It is so easy to get carried away when you have such a cute little model to play with. We spent about half an hour with this little Wren, then time caught up with us and we had to move on.
I would like to think that we were both a little bit disappointed to finish the game.
Saturday, 14 January 2012
With two Peregrines on the cliffs this morning the local pigeons were forced to keep their eyes open.
On a cold, cloudy morning, with the only sun shining way out on the horizon, these two really brightened things up a bit.
Friday, 13 January 2012
When the winter mists rise from the lowlands the Isle of Purbeck really does become an island.
Where there is mist there is mystery and once familiar land becomes new and unreliable , playing tricks with your senses and giving you the feeling that perhaps your are not quite as safe as you thought you were.
Thursday, 12 January 2012
I have been wanting to take night shots of Durlston Castle for a while but the weather had to be right.
I didn't realise that there were 'goings on' going on and that meant cars parked too close.
Anyway, it was great fun.
This one is a 6 second exposure, 200 @ F6.3 and no flash.
Monday, 9 January 2012
Our three calendars have done really well this year but there are still a few left, available from the website (www.purbeckfootprints.co.uk) or at Durlston Country Park near Swanage.
Thank you to everyone that has bought a calendar, I know there are hundreds out there to choose from and I feel privileged that you chose mine.
Thanks also for taking an interest in my blog and for all of your comments.
I hope you all have a fine 2012.
Sunday, 8 January 2012
This is one of our local Peregrines doing its best not to do anything interesting. She (I think) was quite close but refused to rip apart a pigeon or stretch her wings or yawn or anything.
Still, lovely to see, even without the Sun.
It is a bit of a challenge to get a shot of Durlston Castle, without people in front, these days.
The sun had just started to creep towards the front of the castle as another group desended the path towards me.
I would have prefered a more dramatic sky, but I quite like shot.
Saturday, 7 January 2012
A strange golden ball was seen in the sky today and it played havoc with my camera. Settings that I hadn't used for ages were suddenly needed and I had to brush up on old skills.
Luckily, the Moorhen was happy to watch me try and take photos.
Wednesday, 4 January 2012
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.
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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