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Skywatcher
01-12-2010, 04:15 PM
Had a week off without the offspring last week:wiggle: and took the time to have a few walks and look at some birdies. Amazing how much there was to see close to home

Now of course its all under a foot of snow

Rye Harbour was a lovely spot

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Cuckmere , just west of Eastbourne was a lovely walk to the sea as well

Cup of hot soup under the coastguard cottages with this view was pretty much near bliss

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Heart nealy stopped when a Kestrel perched about 100m away - I sort of ran to him, whilst trying not to scare him off, had about 7 seconds to take this so its not wonderfully composed but it was a real privalage to get as close as this

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And then just as we had nearly completed our circuit the treat of the day

who should we see sunning himself by the side of the river?......







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Beautiful little chap eh?

Johnie
01-12-2010, 05:03 PM
aww gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

foreverducky
01-12-2010, 05:28 PM
Wow! Beautiful photos!

MystikPiglit
01-12-2010, 05:57 PM
Lovely. :yes: Well done on the Kestrel shot. :thumbsup:

Isafari
01-12-2010, 05:58 PM
Brilliant photos - thanks Chris

keith
01-12-2010, 06:01 PM
jeez, superb as always, absolutely brilliant

josh.p.
01-12-2010, 07:44 PM
Chris, you should be a wildlife photographer :yes: These are absolutely stunning mate. My Mum said the seal one looks like a postcard, she loves it :yes:

mumof2
01-12-2010, 08:12 PM
awwwwwwwww!!!!!

fab pics :thumbsup:

uscwest
01-12-2010, 08:15 PM
Love the one of the little guy sunning himself.

I take it that seeing Kestrels like that is rare?

Skywatcher
01-12-2010, 08:46 PM
Thanks for the kind words chaps, you really are being vey flattering Josh you should see the shots some people take !! All I can see is bits of grass in the way lol

John , raptors have been persecuted in Britain for many years and they are a relative rarity and have an instinctive mistrust of humans. kestrel numbers have dropped dramatically in recent years , bizzarly their main diet now is american mink which have bred like wildfire since they were released from fur farms by animal actinides, they have had a massively detrimental impact on the ecosystem.

josh.p.
01-12-2010, 08:49 PM
The grass 'in the way' is really good and adds a bit more texture :yes:

lozzy
01-12-2010, 10:42 PM
Beautiful shots, my favourite has to be the seal,

Beccaberry
01-12-2010, 10:48 PM
Stunning.