Wet weather Goose.

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Over 100000 Brent geese over Winter in the UK. We see many along our coast here in Southampton. They are small goose – a little larger in size to a mallard. It has a black head and neck and grey-brown back, with either a pale or dark belly. The adult birds have a small white neck patch. It flies in flocks along the coastline moving along as the tide changes. They are shy and noisy and easily disturbed.

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These birds were at Hamble Point today and taken from the van window in the rain. There were about 25 birds in this flock.

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Dawns early light.

 

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Hamble river and point. After a few days of heavy rain and gales, the weather today is much clearer.

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Lots of low sun and colour casts on the river. There were many Oystercatchers grabbing the last bit of the mud as the tide came in.

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In the water.

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October 5th and another bright day the sea had an odd hazy misty light and foghorns were blasting out on Southampton Water. I decided the water was so clear that I would have a swim.

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So on with the wetsuit and I took the plunge. “fresh” was the overall temperature of the water.

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Venture below the water a host of wildlife was on view from seaweeds to small fish swimming in shoals.

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Black-headed gull also enjoying the sea.

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Crosby Beach.

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Context:- Another Place is a piece of modern sculpture by Sir Antony Gormley located at Crosby Beach in Merseyside, England. It consists of 100 cast iron figures facing towards the sea. The figures are modelled on the artist’s own naked body.

On the way home from Scotland we decided to stop off and see these sculptures – our 4th visit over the years and the sea has eroded and encrusted the figures. Every time we have visited the tide and the weather has made each visit very different. Today heavy rain, high winds and an outgoing tide.

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