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Sorting some old pictures (on film!) WW2 B17 taken at Duxford UK in 2002.

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A good season.


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I counted about 33 Avocets yesterday from bird hides in Titchfield Haven. A lot of juvenile birds among the adult birds so I would say it has been a successful season for them.

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Arrival in numbers.


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This morning a flock of about 20 Black-tailed Godwit’s flew into Titchfield Haven. I have seen one or two over the last few weeks but this was the largest group.

Black-tailed Godwits are large wading birds in summer they have striking bright orange-brown chests and bellies, but in winter they are more greyish-brown.  Most distinctive features are their long thick beaks and legs. The female birds are bigger and heavier than the males, with a noticeably longer beak.

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Tern Island


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Common Terns have started using this island at Titchfield Haven to rest on when the tide is in and there is no beach for them. A few weeks ago the islands were fully occupied by the colony of breading Black-headed gulls.

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Below is a young  Common tern and  Black-headed Gull, It was interesting to watch this Juvenile pair happy together and learning the art of catching something in the water together.

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fishing birds.


The Cormorant has a primitive appearance with a long neck making it appear almost prehistoric  Their flight appears slow and almost clumsy. I would class them as a better swimmer and diver than a flier. Which is probably why Cormorants fish from swimming on the water surface- diving down to catch their meal rather than diving from down flight into the water to catch their fish.

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below old blog showing some Cormorants.

https://andyfinneganblog.wordpress.com/2016/12/17/hanging-about/   

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This bird can be seen in a typical pose standing with its wings held out to dry in the breeze after doing some fishing. In some parts of Asia fishermen tether Cormorants and use them from small boats to catch fish for them.

 

Flower Power Protester.


As the summer goes on the grasses have turned brown and as it has been so dry everywhere it is dusty under foot but among the grasses, colorful flowers poke through the brown.

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The cinnabar moth caterpillars have hatched and their distinctive orange and black strips make them an easy spot. They are only found on their host plant the Ragwort. The moth is also recognisable due to its bright red spots and stripes on the grey-black front wings, their rear wings are scarlet with charcoal edging. The moth can be found in open fields and gardens from May to August.

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This Wood Pigeon decided to come off his branch and wander around on the ground amongst the flowers and reminded me of Flower power and peace protesters around the time of Vietnam War. So perhaps he was doing a peaceful anti-Trump visit to the UK one bird protest.

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A lot of Avocet pictures.


 

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I took a lot of Avocet pictures today. I think these birds are beautiful and graceful on the water especially as they walk across the lagoon in shallow water at Titchfield Haven. The chicks are fully grown now and indistinguishable from except for the adult birds apart from a little area of fawn on their backs. (see picture above – bottom bird).

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No fish / No crabs.


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Earlier in the year, I bought a compact waterproof camera to try and take some nature pictures in rock-pools it also has an extreme wide angle lens so it is good for very wide views. With the lack of rock-pools in our area, these will have to wait until we are away.

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So with the continued hot weather, I decided to have another play with the camera in the water.

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It’s behind you!

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buoy from under the water

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chain holding buoy.

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Just need to find some fish or crabs now! — No luck just seaweed.

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I am quite pleased with the results of the camera both from the lens angle and its results under the water the one issue is you can not really see in its small viewfinder what you are taking a picture of it is a  bit of point and shoot and wait and see.

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An old friend.


Around the buoy. The buoy was placed by the sailing club and is a turning point for the dingy sailing. It is a focal point in many of my pictures as it is in the view from where we regularly park the van. It has become like an old friend I have walked out to it at low tide and swam to in when the tide has been in.

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more views

https://andyfinneganblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/22/a-spot-on-the-coast/