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I have taken these red seaweeds which were free-floating under the water. At present it is far too cold to get into the water to take such  pictures, these were taken by putting a camera on a pole and  pointing in the right direction. This is a new area of photography for me which I plan to do more of in the summer months.

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Little Brown Bird

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Two  Dunnock singing to each other on a fence this morning. (one with a leg ring).

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The Dunnock is a small brown and grey bird, some what unobtrusive, they can be easily overlooked as they creep along the edge of a hedge, moving with a nervous, gait, often flicking its wings as they go.

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another view/post of this bird

https://andyfinneganblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/16/singing-dunnock/

block the gap

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Spotted these WW2 defensive blocks yesterday from a traffic-jam must have pasted them many times without seeing them. In Warren Avenue Shirley Southampton @ SU 39672 14336. Most covered in Ivy short stretch of blocks before re-enforced  stream. Secondary / Stop defence line using the natural dip in the land and small waterway.

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keep your eyes open.

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Sunday morning, many people enjoying the sunshine this morning, Rushing about looking at mobile screens, drinking coffee from the Cafe Van by the toilet block. So many people just do not see what is a few yards from them and the shore.

I was enjoying watching Oystercatchers landing on the exposed shingle spit.

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When Mr Seal popped his head out of the water.

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3rd time now I have seen Seals in Solent so it is becoming more common but un-noticed by so many and while my pictures will not win any awards they are a record of my sighting and maybe one quiet day I will get some clearer and closer shot.

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low tide spotting

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People were out enjoying the beach this morning. A bright morning but cold with a cutting wind.

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We got to the Solent with tide out but just starting to come in. So had an hour or so below the high water mark.

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seaweeds are often overlooked on the beach, below is a wrack possibly an Estuary Wrack

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A bright orange seaweed

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I first started spotting the odd sea urchin in this area of the Solent in the late summer of 2016. All through this winter (2017/18) I have found loads of dead urchin shells and the odd live one under rocks which to me indicates this species has a marked rise in numbers in this area. The urchin below is a bit bigger than a 50p  coin. I have turned it over to show its mouth/beak.

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Below Blenny found under seaweed.

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look closer

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On a walk in the country this time of year it is often worth a much closer look at nature. while it is a bit wet to get on your hands and knees to take in the environment a look in the trees paid off with some nice Lichens . Near by wooden fencing also had more colourful ones.

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Lichen’s  are known as a composite organism that arises from algae or cyanobacteria living among filaments of multiple fungi in a symbiotic relationship. Lichen’s have  properties different from those of its component organisms. They come in many colours, sizes, and forms.

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Reed beds along my walk also gave some interesting picture opportunities.

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