Call the breakdown service!

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.

Afternoon visitor.

This afternoon we had an uninvited visitor into our conservatory I was able to get a few photographs before I netted this big Dragonfly and released her into the garden.

This Dragonfly is a female Southern Hawker Dragonfly. Length: 70mm

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Another – another place!

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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Spider season.

The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the waterspout.
Down came the rain
And washed the spider out.
Out came the sun
And dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again.

Juvenile – Araneus quadratus -Four-spotted Orbweb Spider.

Araneus quadratus – Four-spotted Orbweb Spider.
Metellina segmentata
Wasp spider .Argiope bruennichi

War & Peace.

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. 

Portrait of a Wheatear.

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.