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Snow deer round ‘ere

February 24, 2018

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Between snow flurries and with fading light we spotted this group of mainly stags on a distant hillside. With the wind in our faces and sneaking along a shallow ditch by a Devon bank, we edged up on the herd, they were grazing and we managed to sit and watch them for many minutes.  They […]

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White snow and the Exmoor winter

February 11, 2018

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Winter Exmoor in all its bleak glory. Early February 2018.   Clickety click Fuji XT-2 w/ XF  16-55mm f2.8 & XF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 OIS

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Snowfall – the perfect bird accessory

February 7, 2018

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Living here by the coast in North Devon means that we rarely see snow, salty onshore winds see to that. The last time it snowed on the beach was way back in February 2009. (There are some photos in a blog entitled ‘Can you smell carrots’. Here > https://esterspears.com/2016/01/11/can-you-smell-carrots/  ) Just a few miles up the […]

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Catching oysters on a cold winters day

February 3, 2018

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In a gap between downpours, on a cold winters day, I took advantage of a super low tide and walked from Main beach here in Woolacombe to Grunta beach without getting my feet wet (waterproof shoes). As a consequence of the super moon, the tide drains out to near zero allowing us walkers to pass […]

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Deer on the Exmoor doorstep

January 21, 2018

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The rain, drizzle & mizzle, downpours in grey sheets. On muddy paths & Flooded roads. Forcing the valiant wanderer Into pubs & lukewarm hot-tubs.   Mmmmm. Anyway. Ginuary, rest and a chance to edit some pix from 0ur last sunny day. Btw, HBC (Happy Birthday Charlotte), Wtf & BYT (Boil yer Tatties) haha. Deer on […]

Kestrel encounter on Exmoor

January 13, 2018

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Beautifully clear but cold day on Brendon Common in early January and a late afternoon encounter with this ‘windhover’ – Falco tinnuculus – or common kestral. Think that this is the larger female, hunting for her supper. deer grazing on the middle brow Fuji jpegs straight outa velvia. Kestral: XT-2 w/ 100-400. ISO 200, F5.6, […]

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Best surf of the Autumn so far…..

January 6, 2018

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Cold, grey, first weekend in January, dry but still cold, did I mention the cold? Five degrees with wind chill on top of the cliff, twice as warm in the water for the lucky surfers (11ºC) – who were enjoying the first clean swell since summer. Here’s hoping the new year is better than that […]