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!
Tuesday, 30 October 2012
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).
Sunday, 28 October 2012
Friday, 26 October 2012
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
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
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.
Tuesday, 23 October 2012
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.
Saturday, 20 October 2012
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?
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
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.
Tuesday, 16 October 2012
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.
Saturday, 13 October 2012
Wednesday, 10 October 2012
Monday, 8 October 2012
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.
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!
Sunday, 7 October 2012
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.
Saturday, 6 October 2012
Thursday, 4 October 2012
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