different but the same.




I spent some time this morning watching Oystercatchers on Meon Shore. Within a flock of about 10 birds  there was one bird who had extra white feathers on his back and face , he seemed quite happy with the other birds. I have not noticed this bird before. Cockles seemed to be on the menu today.





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A harbour town and resort in South West Wales. It’s known for its 13th-century town walls and its long stretches of sandy beaches. It has colour washed houses where time seems to stand still.


Sorting some old picture and decided to post these that were taken some years ago, we were going to Tenby this year but did not manage  to get there. Tenby is timeless and although these pictures date from a holiday in 2008 I expect these views remain the same next time we do visit.


now a ruin once a palace



English Heritage notice board picture at the plaace.

Situated just outside the Cathedral City of Winchester  is Bishop’s Waltham Palace. It was the palace of the cities Bishop’s who built this splendid residence which included a 1000 acre park.


King Henry II called a council at the Palace in 1182, to ask his nobles for supplies and to plan a Crusade. This was the start of a succession of royal visits. In 1190 King Richard I stayed at the palace and was as entertained after his crowning at Winchester and before embarking on his last Crusade.


In 1415, King Henry V also stayed at the palace and in the following century, King Henry VIII stayed at Bishop’s Waltham Palace before embarking to France.


During the English Civil War following the Battle of Cheriton in 1644 which was to the North of the Palace the London Brigade Parliamentarian troops moved towards Bishop’s Waltham Palace. Bishop Curle fled Cromwell’s advance on Winchester and was at the Palace when the Parliamentarian Forces arrived. Bishop Curle knew his only chance of survival was to escape from a besieged Palace and he did this in a manure cart. The Parliamentarians inflicted great damage on the palace following this deterioration began and it became a private dwelling before finally falling into ruin.

Today the site is managed by English Heritage and open to the public (weekends only in the winter)



On the water’s edge



The Sanderling is a small, energetic wading bird often seen running. It has a short straight black bill and medium length black legs.


I have posted pictures of this little bird before both single birds and larger groups both in summer and winter colours.

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Today I spotted this single bird dancing right on the waters edge in the breaking waves amongst a group of Turnstones. As you can see this bird is sporting its winter pale colours.

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long tailed duck


The long-tailed duck is a small, sea duck.

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The male is mainly white with some brownish-black markings in winter. The male also has greatly elongated tails feathers giving this duck its name. They do not breed in the UK but are a winter visitor and passage migrants to the UK, most common from Northumberland to northern Scotland although they can also be seen further South.long tailed duck2

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tufty ducks


These two male tufted ducks arrived at Titchfield Haven this week although a resident bird in the UK numbers increase in the winter months. Smaller that a Mallard duck in size these bold black and white birds are a diving duck and vanish underwater to feed.

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