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Wind Blown

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Wind Blown, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
One of our friendlier birds and a companion on a beechcombing wander at the weekend, this little Robin tried its hardest to look good!
Posing for a photo when the wind is blowing is not easy though!

From Bill To The Anvil

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From Bill To The Anvil, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
From the quarry ledges beneath the old chapel at St. Aldhelm's Head you can see the lighthouses at Portland Bill and Anvil point. Although there was a cold, lazy wind blowing from the north, the sky was clear and you could see for miles.
One of my favourite places.
(a lazy wind, according to chap I used to know, is one that is too lazy to blow around you and so cuts straight through).

The Future's So Bright....

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The Future's So Bright...., a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
I Gotta Wear Shades

Up & Under

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Up & Under, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
Sika has the speed, but Benny has the brains! Why chase when you can hide and wait?

Tony's Horses

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Tony's Horses, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
These horses always remind me of the chargers used by Knights in the Middle Ages. They are lovely animals and seem to fit nicely on the reserve behind where I live. I pass through here on the way to the cliffs of Durlston.

Rest in peace, Tony

The Long Distant Gannets

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The Long Distant Gannets, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
That is the only type of Gannet I tend to see, they do come closer to shore, but not often enough.
They are always good to see though, even better when you can catch them diving for food.

Little Legs

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Little Legs, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
I have bumped in to this chap and his mum several times over the last few weeks but have not managed to take a shot. I was quite lucky this time and managed to get quite close.

Wild At Heart

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Wild At Heart, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
Always a favourite and always seemingly willing to pose, the Robin brightens up whatever he is sat on.

Twiggy

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Twiggy, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
One of my favourite birds, the Long-Tailed Tit is ridiculously cute. There was a gang of about a dozen of these tumbling through the hedges. At one point they were so close, I couldn't use my camera because I only had the big lens.
Dark mornings and darker evenings mean that my wandering time is more limited than ever, making times like this even more special.

More Publicity?

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More Publicity?, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
This picture has been used in a brochure for my Purbeck Footprints stuff and was taken at Peveril Point, one of my favourite places. I'm not too fond of having my photogragh taken and that makes publicity shots difficult. I wonder if Simon King could stand in for me?

Aerial Ballet

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Aerial Ballet, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
At one time there were half a dozen Crows having a go at this Kestrel. It ducked and dived for about ten minutes before it finally shook off the last two.
A huge crop on this one but, even though it was almost directly into the Sun, I quite like it.

View On Black

The Last Post

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The Last Post, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
Plenty of little birds around today, but not too many were willing to hang around and pose. The Stonechats competed against the Robins for the Cutest Bird Award and this time, for once, they came out on top.

Old Red Eyes

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Old Red Eyes, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
It was good to see so a number of Dartford Warblers about again, it is a bird that I always look forward to seeing. They are full of character and can be quite brave for such a small bird.

Into The Sun

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Into The Sun, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
Another of my favourite birds, the Wren can keep me amused for ages. This one hopped in and out of the dark, only giving me a few seconds to take a shot. There were a few Goldcrests about too, but the Wren seemed to take over.

Twitcher Watching

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Twitcher Watching, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
On the coast path, about twenty feet above a Peregrine , stood a group of twitchers watching another Peregrine several hundred feet away!

Just Like Buses

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Just Like Buses, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
I have no luck at all with Jays! Even if they don't fly away, they make sure I can't get a proper shot!
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Like Mother, Like Daughter

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Like Mother, Like Daughter, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
Part of a small harem, these two were quite timid. They didn't stay for long, choosing to find the gloom of the trees rather than the clearing. The Sika are still classed as unwanted pests by some, but I always enjoying watching them.

The Stare

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The Stare, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
All was quiet except for the gentle patter of rain as it fell from the trees. No birds calling, no cars, no people, just me and half a dozen Sika.
A wet, dull drive home from work suddenly got more interesting!

Catching The Breeze

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Catching The Breeze, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
What Autumn day would be complete without the sight and sounds of a Robin.
I have too many shots of these birds, but just can't resist taking more.

And Then There Was One

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And Then There Was One, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
Just a single Turnstone stayed for longer than we did, still checking the cracks for food.
It got close too and you can see what a beautifully marked little bird this really is.

Two By Two

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Two By Two, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
Sitting on a rock as the sea laps at your feet, with the Sun shining and not a soul in sight is quite a good way to spend some time.
When the rock you are sitting on seems full of the remains of ancient Sharks, Crocodiles, Turtles and fish, it gets even more fun.
During the afternoon, pairs of Shags, Oyster Catchers and Turnstones flew past or rested for a while, forcing me to drop the chisel, grap the camera and snap away.

Blue & White

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Blue & White, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
At one point there were five Egrets in the air making it difficult to choose which bird would give the best results!
Lovely to watch though.

White Light

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White Light, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
There are usually around a dozen Egrets roosting here, and in the mornings they always face the Sun! Great for the birds, but I struggled with the exposure on these.

More Target Practise

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More Target Practise, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
And more fun with the Black Headed Gulls that are not yet black headed.

Target Practise

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Target Practise, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
When all else fails and time is against you, it is good to have a back up plan.
The Gulls that haunt the bay are perfect for target practise and the little Black Headed Gulls are a favourite.
Many thanks to the DFRS Camera Club for booking me to talk at one of their meetings in March. I had a fine time with them last January and look forward to a second visit.
The talks I give are based on my photographs, where and how I take them, or on the nature and lanscape of the Isle of Purbeck. For more information, drop me a line.

Head On

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Head On, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
There were quite a few Red Admirals around today, including one that looked as if it had only just popped out.
This one was a little more ragged.

Less Darting, More Resting

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Less Darting, More Resting, a photo by julian sawyer - Purbeck Footprints on Flickr.
Is it just me, or is this Common Darter starting to look a little aged? This one was quite happily soaking up the Sun while I snapped away.