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    Three Habitats In Three Days

    I have a three day weekend this weekend and since I've also been left to fend for myself I thought I would set myself a little challenge to keep me from committing mischief and getting a jolly good telling off come Sunday evening.
    So what I've decided to do is spend the next three days visiting three very different habitats.

    DAY ONE: Pine woods....

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    'What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare' - William Henry Davies

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    Very nice indeed, well you wouldn't want to get up to mischief, would you

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    DAY TWO: Shingle Beach

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    Getting spoilt with location and weather, keep them coming, great pictures

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    Lovely pictures. It's a good idea, too. What have we got in store fr day three?

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    That goose is up to no good....
    He looks well dodgy ...


    Brilliant idea and great photos.
    Thank you for sharing

    What will day 3 bring??

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    Ha! The goose does look pretty shifty. But I reckon geese generally do.

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    DAY THREE: Chalk Downs

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    The wheels keep spinning.
    You can tell that Autumn is now making its way up the garden path. But it's a friend I am always welcome to see. Summer is now ending. That is a double-edged sword. With Summer come the Summer visitors, and this transitional period between the seasons is also a transitional period for wildlife. Whilst at Dungeness yesterday I saw an osprey. This was a first for me - never seen one before. The sun was behind me and it lit the bird's plummage and feathers up brilliantly, and it circled the lake I was beside for some 30 or 40 seconds. For a first sighting it was an exceptional experience. On the lake were several Egyptian geese and a flock of lapwings. Suddenly the lapwings took to the wing - something had obviously spooked them. I looked about and saw a large bird of prey. My first thought was a peregrine (I'd seen peregrines there before and a pair were known to nest on the power station). But someone nearby (armed with scope and all the equipment) called out, 'look - an osprey!' Then later that day, whilst sitting on the shingles eating my fish and chips, a wheatear was seen pecking around the pebbles just 10 feet away. Both birds were doubtless filling up by the coast before setting off for their Winter grounds.

    It's been a good couple of weeks since I've seen a hobby or a swift, though the odd swallow or martin is still seen. For the time being.

    The morning grass is now sodden with dew.

    The sun is lower in the sky.

    And with it comes the great colours and soft light, the cooler days, the refreshing breeze, and later will come the merlins, the redwings, Orion. On days out, instead of a bottle of water or a gas stove for a quick brew up in the shadow of a ruined castle perched atop the Downs, comes the chance to light a warming fire. To cook on, to brew on, to be a ouija board for all that nature now has hidden - to speak with the spirits and see the shadows.

    What a marvellous world - we are all victims of its apparent simplicity.
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    Great pics + words

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    Stephen what an awesome post.
    Your pictures are brilliant , your words and outlook on the world around us is awe inspiring.
    Thank you !


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