HMS Prince of Wales breaks down the day after leaving Portsmouth, she was due to undertake a four-month deployment to the USA. It has been reported that divers have been inspecting the 930-foot carrier after some damage was reported to a propeller shaft. Today HMS Price of Wales remains at anchor off the Isle of Wight.
Views of the carrier from Lee on the Solent today.
Sculptures by Antony Gormley stretch along Crosby beach. Another Place consists of 100 cast-iron, life-size figures spread out along three kilometres of the foreshore, standing almost one kilometre out to sea. We have visited these sculptures several times – today at Meon Shore on the Solent fishermen were sea fishing and resembled Antony Gormley’s art installation. Although the men at Crosby are naked!
Link to old posts from Crosby.
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Extra Avocet pictures from Titchfield Haven Nature Reserve. Avocets are a great conservation success story during the 19th century, this beautiful bird was extinct in the UK. During WW2 coastal land and beaches in East Anglia were closed and flooded as a defence against invasion. This enabled Avocets to recolonise the area from war-torn Europe.
The population is now recorded as UK breeding:1,500 pairs UK wintering:7,500 birds in Europe:37-54,000 pairs.
Avocets are the emblem of the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) and they symbolise the bird protection movement in the UK.
The wheatear is a small mainly ground-dwelling bird. It hops or runs on the ground popping up onto posts to get a better view. This bird was on the shingle at Meon Beach. They breed mainly in western and northern Britain and western Ireland. Small numbers do breed here in the south their numbers seem to increase locally this time of year. I think this is prior to them migrating to central Africa where they spend the winter.