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Accidents happen some memories of accidents at sea.

On 28th January 2015, the Hoegh Osaka had a mechanical malfunction causing her to tip and to prevent her rolling over she was steered onto the Bramble bank and beached.

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After a salvage operation, she was righted and returned safely to port in Southampton. I took the above photographs from the Isle of Wight ferry.

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In 2002 I took some photographs in Portsmouth of HMS Nottingham returning to the UK for repair welded to a transport ship after running aground off Lord Howe Island in September 2002 Australia.

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The Mekhanik Yartsev a Russian freighter got into difficulties off Portsmouth in the early hours of Boxing Day 2017.  Some of her cargo of wood was lost overboard. Her crew of 13 have remained on board while a tug towed her into the Port of Southampton.

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Fast jet & fast birds


Watching the New Isle of Wight fast jet  “Redjet 6” which was named yesterday by The Duchess of Cornwall. While coming past Calshot Castle it forced a group of Canada Geese into the air.

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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.

 

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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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Very eerie and calm waters in Southampton Water this afternoon. A little flotilla of sail boats set off down the water towards Portsmouth before crossing towards the Isle of Wight and going out of sight.

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As they passed by the tide was on the ebb and the water was very still with just enough wind to push the flotilla along on its adventure. The view from our favourite spot at Meon Shore near Titchfield Haven changes with both the weather and the view of the activities taking place. Sometimes nature, sometimes pleasure activities other times trade coming into the port.

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