Two Great Crested Grebes made there way sedately across the water causing an ever increasing tear in an otherwise perfectly unbroken surface.
Sunday, 26 February 2012
Saturday, 25 February 2012
There are, of course, many ways to tell if the Sun is shining. One of my favourites is to watch the Adders as they position themselves for maximum exposure.
An easier way would be to look at the sky, I suppose...
Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Do you know that funny feeling you get when you think you are being watched?
This was the view out of my car window whilst I was making a phone call this afternoon and it was a little unnerving .
Now, I am almost certain that I haven't upset the armed forces enough to launch an Apache attack, but you never know!
Sunday, 19 February 2012
Finding my favourite young mother wasn't difficult, but getting close to her was. I forget that these are wild animals and just because I have got close before doesn't mean that she will tollerate me again. It is hard not to feel disappointed though.
Saturday, 18 February 2012
I found a place during the week that seemed quite popular with Dartford Warblers and decided to go beack when the weather was fine. We had just a couple of hours of sun before the rain set in but it was more than enough time to get aquainted. At least half a dozen Dartfords were here, as well a few Goldcrests. Not a bad morning!
Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Lunch time on the Isle of Wight was a real treat as I was joined by a Red Squirrel, something that I haven't seen since I was a youngster.
The light was terrible and the shutter speeds were slow but luckily the site of a 6'4" nut in shirt sleeves on a cold day froze him to the spot!
I can't tell you how chuffed I was to see this!
Saturday, 11 February 2012
The 180 year old Clavell Tower sits rather nicely on the cliffs at Kimmeridge.
At least it does now that it has been rebuilt further from the edge!
We have a few of these kind of aged structures on the Purbeck, built to show how much money you have rather than anything else, I expect.
Now, I know that it is important to regulate and control new builds these days, but I think it is a shame that we do not seem to be leaving many truly iconic buildings for our great, great grandchildren to marvel at!
All of our famous historic structures(from Stonehenge to Big Ben) did not 'fit in' to their environment when they were first built but are reckognised as gems now.
I am not too sure that the Clavell Tower would have got planning permission today!
Thursday, 9 February 2012
Monday, 6 February 2012
After some very nice cold mornings we have been treated to a milder day today which, of course, means cloud and rain.
This shot was taken on Saturday morning when the tempurature dropped to a rather chilly -10.
Sunday, 5 February 2012
I get a real buzz photographing these chaps. The Sika are far more common and a great deal braver than our Roe deer and that means you can get quite close. With a little patience and lot of respect they make me feel like a real wildlife photographer!
Saturday, 4 February 2012
There was a heavy frost again this morning as the tempurature reached a chilly low of -10 degrees. Still, it was a Saturday and the sky was blue so a wander was called for.
The light was just about perfect and it didn't take long to find a small group of Sika to play with.
So, there was a rather well fed Fox!
There was a skein of several thousand Brent Geese making more noise than Concorde!
There were two racing Kingfishers!
There was a single Goldcrest!
There was even a rather handsome Marsh Harrier!
But only the Egret made it easy for me!
Friday, 3 February 2012
The atmosphere up on the cliffs this morning was completely different from yesterday with more sound, more light and more birdsong. The ...
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This week has seen another Swanage and Purbeck Walking Festival: a collection of walks that take people all over the Isle of Purbeck and wit...
I know Red Squirrel Week seems like just an excuse for me to post photos of these wonderful little creatures but it is a real thing, I ...