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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Is the weather cooling off ?


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Obsession with the weather is an English obsession but the weather is a little cooler today and clouds are in the sky. I have caught up with some of the local wildlife at the Haven. It always amazes me that the same view can always be different.

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In the water, I spotted this Jellyfish. News reports had said there was an increase in Jelly numbers around the UK with warmer summer waters. Normally I have only spotted them dead on the beach.

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The same usual visitors around the harbour.  The Shell ducklings were very active and now they have grown larger the adult birds are giving them more space and time to explore and develop by themselves.

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The ducklings as well as growing their colours have changed they are very camouflaged against the mud in the harbour basin. If you want to look back at the ducklings a few weeks ago click on my link below.

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Harbour from the seaward side.

Other birds about today included a Cormorant who had decided to take over the old post to dry his wings. Avocets were about and a Redshank had returned.

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The picture of the Redshank shown with a Black-headed gull and Mallard is useful as it allows you to see the size of the Redshank next to a familiar bird.

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Teasels are coming into flower which will become a food source for seed-eating birds in the  Autumn.

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Many clouds in the sky the first seen for a couple of weeks.

 

Balance.


Holiday Beach.  After a few days of sunshine, the beach is a magnet for those who want to enjoy the sun sea and sand.

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The beach has both a shipping and industrial background the water quality is good which support a rich range of wildlife on the shore in the sea and in the air. Nature and man in balance? (as long as the council empty the rubbish bins and people use them).

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Horned Poppies and Mallow are now in flower on the upper part of the beach.

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The Shelduck chicks have grown and there remain 5 little one.

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Last year a pair of Mute Swans had 3 signets only one survived. This year a family have appeared from the Titchfield Haven with 7 signets all of which are a good size.

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A day by the sea. Spent the day again in the campervan enjoying the sunshine, low tide and the wildlife.  Sea views and views of the land from the sea.

This post had a Little Egret sitting on it. (had to slip a couple of pictures in) During the day it was also used by a Black-headed gull an Oystercatcher and some terns.

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Yet more fish hooks fishing line and lead.

Buoy under the water and on the water + a view of the van from the buoy.

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