As with the previous selection it will be helpful to click the images for greater detail.
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Recently my wife and I spent a few days holidaying in South Devon. By sheer good fortune we were delighted to discover that our hotel room looked out across the estuary of the River Teign – a location that attracts a wide range of wading birds. It was a photographer’s paradise. The down side was that most of the bird activity took place in the centre of the estuary at a distance of not less than 150 yards from my vantage point and I was equipped only with a Panasonic compact. In addition, at low tide the sea receded completely leaving a glossy morass of mud. The reflected light played havoc with the metering of the camera, often producing results resembling an ice rink or winter landscape. Despite these difficulties (resulting in poor quality images) it was clearly a ‘must take’ situation.
Because of their panoramic nature it will be helpful to click some of the pictures for greater detail.
I am always intrigued by the way birds (especially gulls) turn to face the sun as it begins to set. I can’t identify the smaller birds in the foreground – are they sandpipers, or maybe turnstones?
At low tide the Deben estuary exposes mud flats comprised of London Clay. The flats are a favourite haunt for fossil hunters. Sieving through the clay will regularly produce bird and fish remains, vertebrae, small sharks’ teeth and also fossil wood.
From the flats shingle banks rise steeply, the top representing the high water mark. Along this tide line there is a belt, often several metres wide, containing an abundance of seashells – as can be seen below.