Friday 18 February 2011

Brent Geese, Curlews & crabs at Pagham Harbour

boat wreck at Pagham Harbour

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The week started with a trip to Clymping beach, then on Wednesday I spent the afternoon at Pagham Harbour. It was wonderful to hear curlews warbling and I saw three feeding on the mud banks. Then I saw and heard a vast flock of Brent Geese in the distance. They then landed in their thousands in a creek right in front of me.
West beach
lobster left in West Beach car park!
remains of a row of trees destroyed by the 1910 flood

Sea-purslane Altriplex portulacoides (above + below)

Brent geese in the distance

they got nearer
and landed in front of me

crabs under stones
this one has an accompanying crustacean on the left
Oyster Catcher


a young fox did not survive the winter

On Wednesday evening we headed to Horsham for a Barbara Dickson concert. We saw her at Chichester a few years ago and she was as good as ever. She is on a nationwide tour Feb/March. Naturally she played quite a few songs form her new album, Words Unspoken, plus old favourites like Easy Terms from Blood Brothers and Caravan Song. We saw Kiki Dee in Blood Brothers at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield in 1988, another great singer.

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