What a day

Wed 14th March 2012

Sorry it’s been a while since I last spoke to you. I’ve been busy preparing for the start of my Exmoor Safaris for this year and don’t know where the time has gone.

The weather had been pretty cold here but there’s not been so much rain of late. The season is certainly changing though with the evenings getting lighter and nature coming to life again.  Some of the birds are nesting and I reckon it’s going to be an early Spring.

One of the great things about being out and about on Exmoor is that you can never be sure what you are going to see. I was out two days ago, driving along towards Kingsford Gate, and couldn’t believe what I suddenly saw running along the road beside the hedge. It was a pure white stoat. In all my life I have never seen anything like that before. It ran for a good 25 yards and I just managed to get my camera on it. What a thing that was to see.

Anyway, after that I set off for a three mile walk across the moors and while I was out I saw seventeen stags and ten hinds. I got some pictures but unfortunately they were not that good. It happens like that some days.

Getting back to the truck, I was heading towards Sandy Way when I saw something else very special. Right there beside the road were three hares boxing. What a sight I can tell you.  Of course this is the time of the year that hares do this but you’re lucky to get to see it and I’ve certainly never seen it on Exmoor before. Well, what a day that was.

I’ve been having some more success with one of the night cameras. Last week I got shots of ten hinds and five badgers and also a roe buck with antlers covered in velvet. Another shot was of a badger and a red deer feeding together. It was so nice to see.

Finally this week I must make an apology to anyone who has sent me a ‘Friends’ photo recently. The friend who helps me post these is working abroad at the moment and having trouble getting a good enough Internet connection to put them on the website. They’ll be up as soon as she gets back at the end of April if she can’t manage it before. Do keep them coming though, as I love to see them.

Have a good week and I’ll catch you again soon.