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Images from the estuary foreshore

Discussion in 'Nature' started by grebeman, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    I live very close to a complex of tidal creeks that comprise the Kingsbridge Estuary, although strictly it's probably not a true estuary since it doesn't have a major river discharging into it.
    It is thus a ria, a valley drowned by the sea. The main arm is over 4 miles long with several side creeks, one of which (Frogmore Creek) is within easy walking distance of my cottage.

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    This is the upper part of Bowcombe Creek, typical of the upper reaches of all the creeks where mud predominates and trees fall into the estuary from the banks making many snags

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    Nearer the sea and the upper foreshore becomes rather more rocky with mud occurring at lower levels

    Most small finds are made where there is some shingle on the foreshore

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    beech leaf on shingle

    barnacles_on_limpet_1070550.
    barnacles on limpet

    dead_crab_1060766.
    dead shore crab

    broken_mussel_1070547.
    broken mussel

    peeler_crab_1060695.
    discarded home, a crab has discarded it's old shell in order to grow in size, it's new shell will be soft for two or three days and the crab will hide away since it will be very
    vulnerable to being eaten, known as a peeler crab during this time

    oak_leaf_1070549.
    oak leaf on foreshore

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    Man leaves his influence in many places, here rather artistically in the shape of an orange ponytail

    All part of my current world, no teeming city streets for me.

    Barrie
     
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  2. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    The last one is the one I like best funnily enough. Not sure what that says about me!
     
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  3. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    looks like a beautiful and interesting area! Thanks for showing us some of it! :smile:
     
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  4. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    Perhaps you like things a little quirky and offbeat, no harm in that :smile:
     
  5. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    Me too!
     
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  6. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    Perhaps I should be seeking out the offbeat, rather than trying to record reality :smile: I'm glad that I included that last image.

    Barrie
     
  7. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Another vote for the last one. There is an art to making the mundane, um, dane...? I love the texture - that is what does it for me. I find pleasure in the small things - it is not only the devil that is in the detail... :wink:
     
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  8. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    ah well, since we're sharing: my favorite is the first :smile: it triggers my imagination, particularly the gnarled branges of the fallen tree. I like the primeval look of it all!
     
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  9. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    Thanks everyone for taking both the time and trouble to look and comment, I appreciate it. I started off in photography some 40 years ago with what was then an old folding roll film camera mainly doing black and white landscape, so Bart, number one is probably true to my first love and indeed I'm working on a b/w version of it now. Having said that Bill I am beginning to explore an element of what I might term the world within, in other words those small details in the overall picture, so I'm pleased to think that I have made something "dane" out of that simple piece of nylon rope. :smile:, I must set my eyes to seek out more of such subjects.

    Barrie
     
  10. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    They are "alright" but I'd have like to have seen a "bird or two"
     
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  11. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    I'll take that as passing muster :biggrin:

    The nearest I got to a bird that I could have photographed was a dead Black-headed Gull, and not even a ringed one. I have found a B-h Gull that had been ringed in Estonia in years gone by.

    Barrie
     
  12. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    I'm surprised the place wasn't thronged with Little Egrets.
    They're everywhere else these days :smile:
     
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  13. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    Especially for BillN, a couple from the archive

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    winter plumage Black-headed Gull

    1020067.
    breeding plumage Mallards

    Frogmore Creek

    Barrie
     
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  14. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    Paul,

    Plenty there, max counts well over 100, usually in August with first breeding recorded 2002 (I found the nest)

    Barrie
     
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  15. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    I first saw LEs up similar creeks off the Helford, back in the early '90s. The guy who'd got me interested in birding was quite crushed by this, as he'd never seen one and they were a bit of a smart tick back then ...
     
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  16. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    Barrie

    That's better - brings life to the place - BE Gulls are becoming one of my favourites, not like the nasty HG, BBG and LBBG
    I'm not really a fan of mallards!!
    Hoping to get out shooting more from now on now that I have got over a few "medical" problems
    Not sure what is around and about but we are now getting a few frosty mornings so it's out with the sun flower seeds etc., quite a few Jays in the garden, early morning which is usual as they usually stick to the woods around us.

    There are quite a few LE's out here, but at the Coast.

    The Cattle Egrets usually appear in the field below our house in January ...... not surprisingly the field is home to quite a few cows and get very muddy

    Thanks again the the bird images!!!
     
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  17. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
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  18. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    Here's my offering, (with a gull)

    A cold November swim

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  19. hannahntilly

    hannahntilly SC Regular

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    Apr 13, 2012
    Surrey, UK
    Peter
    East Tilsbury, Thames Estuary

    The river estuary at East Tilsbury is quite industrial. It's a strangely bleak place with a certain beauty.

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    P1040586-Edit.jpg by nearlycossack, on Flickr

    LX5 and SilverEfex
     
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  20. ReD

    ReD SC Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    Love the Tilbury photo & the last one of the creek