22nd January 2018

Bright & cold morning, light NW breeze.

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Above, looking east towards the headland from Belle Tout.

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Raven over Birling.

A walk around Birling Gap and Belle Tout. Very little of note really, several Song Thrush and Great Tit were in song. Nothing like the clean, metallic song of the Great Tit, set against a bright day, to make it feel like spring’s around the corner… even if that corner is still way off in the distance. A lively Dartford Warbler in gorse above Belle Tout was nice and probably the individual JFC first came across a few weeks back. A single Stonechat near Birling Gap was the only one I encountered.

Below a few portraits of the Exmoors. These animals epitomise the winter landscape here, on site from autumn to early spring. An ancient breed that, despite the winter weather, thrives out here. They have quite a stocky build with short legs, small ears all going to minimalise heat loss.

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