Gulls against the wind.


Throw a bit of bread and wait, you soon get a mob. Blackheaded gulls are  all in their winter colours now.

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Brookwood Military Cemetery is the largest CWGC cemetery in the UK.It is located 30 miles from London in Surrey, The cemetery contains the graves of more than 1,600 servicemen of the British Empire from WW1  and over 3,470 from the WW2 within the grounds is The Brookwood 1939-1945 Memorial which commemorates about 3,500 men and women of the land forces of the Commonwealth who died during WW2 and have no known grave, the circumstances of their death being such that they could not appropriately be commemorated on any of the campaign memorials in the various theatres of war.

bw101914-1918 Memorial is  to remember the missing and commemorates casualties with no known grave. The majority of the casualties on this memorial are servicemen personel  from the land forces of the UK,  They had not been  commemorated by the Commission at the time, the Brookwood Memorial commemorates some land and air forces casualties who were lost at sea. These casualties in the past would have been commemorated on the Hollybrook Memorial in Southampton, but the memorial panels there are now full and so their names has been added to this memorial.

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Within Broockwood is a little bit of America in England  the American Cemetery and Memorial  contains the graves of 468 military dead.

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Post spot


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Over the past few weeks I have seen this Little Egret sitting at this spot only to fly off before I have been able to capture him with my camera this evening I was lucky. Although he did not stay for very long before heading off.

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Incoming tide


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When I saw this large flock of oystercatcher’s on the last bit of a spit with the tide coming in fast around them  I knew it would be seconds before they would be in the air.

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Sailing


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Watching sailing in the Solent reminds me of the words from the song Sailing,

I am sailing. Home again, ‘Cross the sea, I am sailing, Stormy waters, To be near you, To be free.

“Sailing is was composed by Gavin Sutherland of the Sutherland Brothers  in 1972, best known as a 1975 international hit for Rod Stewart

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Hermit Crab.


Without a hard shell the Hermit Crab protects it’s vulnerable abdomen from predators by the salvage of empty seashells carried by the hermit crab, into which its whole body can retract this crab has taken over a whelk shell The tip of the hermit crab’s abdomen is adapted to clasp strongly onto the columella of the shell.

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Anyone for a paddle


Godwitt and Egret enjoy a paddle, too cold for me today.

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Mute Swans


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Mutes Swans coming and going when food was not forth coming.

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Redshank’s Warning.


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The Redshanks’ most distinctive features are their bright orange-red legs. They have a medium-length bill with an orange base to match, brown speckled back and wings with a paler belly. A noisy bird – It has a easy  recognised  warning call often heard across the mash.

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the tide is high


 

turn stone flyingWhen the tide is in space becomes  short the birds appear to go into waiting mode they rest and wait for the tide to turn,or they fly up and down the shoreline looking for a pearching spot. When the tide goes out and the soft sand and mud is exposed the next feeding session then takes over.row.jpg

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