One thing I would miss if I didn't live here are our beautiful seabirds. I'm still a novice at identifying them, but can tell the difference between herring gulls, including their juvenile plumage, black backed gulls (lesser and greater) and now I can add fulmars to my bird knowledge.
I took this photo in my back garden using the Nikon camera and lens on the speed settings I learnt about on a photography course last year at Berry Head. I love to look up and see these beautiful birds, so at ease with their surroundings, and highlighted beautifully against a blue sky.
The weather has been quite calm here and our Coastguard, Harbour and RNLI crews are getting a well earned rest from the nerve shattering storm rescues they were involved in earlier this year. The RNLI has a new boat to add to its current fleet, the £2 million Shannon. If you'd like to read more on this super-fast lifeboat powered by water jets instead of propellers click here
We took a walk along the South West Coastal Path towards Berry Head the other evening because I wanted to catch the birds on our cliff edges soaring out to sea and back to their nesting sites. I'm going to go out again with the Panasonic Lumix to get closer to their nests next time.
Below is a fulmar, flying almost constantly back and forth to its nest in the cliffs. They are beautiful birds with a more rounded look and we have several nest sites to watch this year. If I can work out the settings for the Lumix to capture good speed shots, I hope to get close ups of them flying.
There's always a fishing boat around, and these lovely colours make such a contrast against the blue sea
I thought you might be interested in an event from the Fishermans Mission, A midnight walk on Dartmoor. Sounds like fun but could take 4-5 hours to complete...so that's me out!
I love to catch them in pairs flying together..it seems so romantic in a way. Paired for life and flying almost silently across the water with the occasional call to each other.
I came across an article in my local paper about a photographer called Tom Salt who is from Devon. He has a brilliant image called Natures Eye which I thought you would like.
Above and below are photos of a fulmar. Once again Hubby was charged with making sure I did not fall off the cliff, as it's quite hard to track them with the lens and watch your footing at the same time!
I saw these two handsome birds having a rest and a preen away from the cliffs....
....and spotted this amazing looking beetle which is called a Black oil beetle, it's not common at all and here is some fascinating info on these guys from Buglife. I have never seen one before. Unfortunately they are a parasite of the solitary mining bee.
I love the photo below, it's not great quality but I love the way they are flying so close to the ground heading to their nest.
To end this post I must tell you about a wonderful thing I missed last year. Hannah and her donkey Chico walked the entire new 1,027 mile footpath around wales. For lots of information visit the website Seasidedonkey The Donkey Sanctuary gave help and advice to Hannah on this trip which took her and Chico five and a half months. I really can't imagine anything more wonderful.
We've had some phone line problems which affected the internet, so I was off line most of last weekend and the early part of last week. TalkTalk were brilliant and fixed the problem quickly with an
engineer out by Tuesday.
Obviously that has delayed me posting and following your blog posts, so I'm really sorry that I have not commented or popped by recently. I will have a catch up and read your lovely posts, but wont leave comments if that's OK with you guys.
We have been enjoying going out together for walks on Hubby's days off, and the weekend has seemed much longer this time. The other good thing is that we have been able to finish off little jobs, like completing the painting of the pergola, and clearing out the garage, all of which were put off due to lack of time and to be truthful are not the most interesting things to do!
We are off to enjoy some more beautiful sunshine walks and may even have an ice-cream.
Until next time, take care all