On a sunnier day, it is possible to see a Common lizard or two wandering through the grass. Today however, there were tucked away keeping warm. If we ever get some sun again, I will try and find some.
Saturday, 28 April 2012
As part of the Swanage Walking Festival I took a couple of brave souls to Dancing Ledge and risked getting wet and muddy on the walk back to Swanage. Even though we got very wet, very muddy and we slipped a lot, I think we had fun. At least, I did!
I saw just one Roe deer in the rain, which just goes to prove that animals are far more sensible than humans.
Thursday, 26 April 2012
Sunday, 22 April 2012
This mornings bug hunt was, more or less, lacking in substance. We went to an area that I haven't been to for a while, in search of anything small.
The Ladybird was the only thing to hang around long enough for me to take a shot.
Saturday, 21 April 2012
This years Orchids are starting to pop up now and although they are still not easy to find, they are worth the effort.
There was just one Green Winged Orchid (no spots on the leaves like the Early Purple, so I think I'm right) and we couldn't find the Early Spiders that are out at the moment.
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
You can see Gannets quite often from the cliffs at Durlston but they are usually quite far away. This one was found by my wife on the beach with an obviously broken wing.
The R.S.P.C.A. were called out but, this rather beautiful bird had to be put to sleep because of the severity of the break.
Very sad, but the kindest thing to do, I suppose.
Sunday, 15 April 2012
Curled up underneath a rock was a young Slow-worm. I have never seen them this small before, half as long as a pencil and less than half as thick. They have a skin that always reminds me of molten metal.
Yesterday the Swanage Sea Rowing Club named and launched its newest baby.
It is 32ft long and is made of Elm and Oak using traditional techniques and a fair bit of skill.
The rowing club have called it Winspit and it really does look quite nice.
For more details, have a look at www.ssrc.org.uk
Saturday, 14 April 2012
There were plenty of Chiffchaffs keeping me entertained this morning, on an otherwise uneventful wander.
Then the rain came forcing me to go home, which is always a pain when I have a day off, but we have the forecast of Sun tomorrow.
Tuesday, 10 April 2012
I was very pleased to find one of our female Roe deer settled down in the grass this evening and even more pleased when she let me get quite close.
That said, my pleased-o-meter went completely of the scale when her old man stood up and made his presence felt, he was even closer and probably accounted for her relaxed attitude. Both then wandered slowly passed to find somewhere they wouldn't be disturbed by a grinning idiot.
By the way, this photo has not been cropped and neither has the young lady's left front leg (it was there somewhere).
Monday, 9 April 2012
A brief blur as the rain came down signalled the arrival of this young lady! Now, it was too rainy to wander around looking for things to point the camera at, but not too rainy to stop me from getting as close as I could to a Sparrowhawk.
It was too dark to get more detail, but I am quite pleased with this. Only my second ever Sparrowhawk shot too.
Too much rain and the forecast of more to come meant that there was little chance of getting out with the camera.
I did manage to get a couple of minutes though, in between heavier showers, to snap away at a few flowers.
Sunday, 8 April 2012
We have just moved in to a new place, and for the first time we have a garden big enough to swing a cat in (I haven't tried this). Anyway, yesterday we put up a nest box and within a couple of hours we had resident Blue Tits.
Now, I know that this is not ground-breaking conservation, but I am ridiculously chuffed!
Saturday, 7 April 2012
One of my favourite 'bad attitude' birds is the Jackdaw! Not to be trusted in the slightest, just one look into those bright silver-grey eyes makes you think there may be another one behind you, trying to steal your wallet!
Friday, 6 April 2012
The first morning walk of the holiday weekend went rather well. A very brief glimpse of a Peregrine (perhaps) followed by great views of a feisty Kestrel giving the local Jackdaws and even a Raven a hard time.
I think that blue skies are going to be hard to find over the next few days so I had better make the most of it.
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