A Chance Encounter
Headed to Radipole today with three friends hoping to see the bearded tits. Once there the winds made it doubtful we'd see them though we did see a heron, reed bunting hanging on for dear life, a load of long tail tits playing with us as they flew from tree to tree but not stopping to pose for long enough and a marsh harrier in the distance. After we'd warmed up with a coffee we moved on to Portland Bill hoping to see the little owls but were just as unlucky here. However the opportunities with a wide angled lens were endless with beach huts, the lighthouse and the crashing waves against the rocks... but that was back at home!! Thank goodness for the camera phone so there's a couple of shots in extras as they would of been my blip up until now. So how did we get to see the purple sandpipers. Well we just so happened to be looking over the sea wall as the waves crashed against the rocks when these hardy birds caught our eye on the edge of the rocks waiting with nerves of steel till a wave came in and then running off just to have the chance to pick through the seaweed for crustaceans and molluscs to feed on. A small number of these birds overwinter in Dorset and we spotted four of them today. Pleased the shots came out as this is a crop taken at maximum zoom in very strong winds whipping along the south coast which made it very hard trying to keep the camera still. Another chance encounter is also in extras seen at a distance when we were walking around but of course as we were driving away seen on a post by the road! They then flew from fence to shed to post along the road, so we followed it taking pictures from the car as we left.
- Nikon D500