While the world weathers out the horrendous invisible enemy, thoughts turn inwardly especially during times of isolation while we contemplate life a little deeper. The uncertainty that will inevitably effect everyone mustn’t be taken lightly, and in particular we need to pay attention to our own mental health as it will be a very challenging time, so I thought I’d turn my talents to help others while currently out of my own employment. I’ve decided to take a moment each week (when the weather and government advice allow) to get outside and capture some of the wildlife on my doorstep, and then publish online a short edit each week to help ease the tension for those in isolation or unable to get out. I really hope to be able to offer a slice of calm during this dreadful time.
I will update this blog as often as I can, starting with a few words about my day while I was out filming.
Barnacle Breakfast Interrupted! Sidmouth 20th March 2020
The UK Government has today closed schools for the indefinite future. The very fabric of our country is going to be put under the test. The heroes that work in the NHS, the delivery drivers that stock the supermarkets, the people that power very mechanics of what keeps our country ticking. The next few weeks will be lived day by day, and I suspect it won’t be long before we are on a full lock down. Today was a privilege to once again get out for a while to find some peace, some nature and some rather comic little birds..
The rising tide can be soo frustrating! Especially when all you want is a peaceful breakfast.
I’ve always found these little Turnstones particular endearing, but this morning they put on quite a comic show while just trying to enjoy their barnacle breakfast on the breakwaters in front Sidmouth esplanade. The rising tide just kept catching them out, just as those tasty barnacles started to open up to feed on the rising water. Again I only spent an hour or so with these birdies but I hope it lightens your day.
Seaton Wetlands, East Devon 13th March 2020
Today is the real announcement that Covid19 is about to get quite serious here in the UK. There are some general travel restrictions within the airline industry, but nothing with what we are about to see in coming days.
Friday the 13th. Some could say an unlucky day, but not for me. The sun is out this morning and the birds are singing. The wind is light with a warm front due later in the day bringing more cloud and unsettled weather, a reoccurring theme for the UK but particularly this year. Seaton Wetlands is around 20 minutes from where I live and I only recently discovered how extensive this wetland is despite living nearby for over 5 years.
Seaton wetland is a wonderful home to many bird species, and in just one hour I was able to see Robin, Dunnock, Oyster Catcher, Canada geese, Black-tailed Godwit and Mallard. The reserve itself has two hides which are very easily accessible from a car park only a few minutes away, great access for people with disabilities or with children. Here is some information if you are thinking of visiting yourself.