Sunday, 28 June 2009

Jersey - Day 1

Anita and I headed north to Greve De Lecq and commenced the steep climb up onto the coastal path heading east. This is the view of the small sandy bay from the cliff top path...the view would be totally different on the weekend with everyone flocking to any available sandy spot!
Herring Gulls patrolled the cliff tops. A Chiffchaff was singing from a high tree perch and we heard the sounds of Chaffinch, Blue & Great Tits plus a Wren.
Around the potato fields we spied over 20 sickle shapes dashing low over the crops and moments later the Swifts climbed high into the sky chasing their insect prey. Then a Kestrel flew overhead hunting for a meal.
An unexpected sighting was four Red-legged Partridge who promptly flew into cover as soon as they felt our presence. Small numbers of House Martins and a single Swallow passed by.

The coastal path took us past a number of properties with gardens to die for...full of colourful blooms.

Well worn Painted Lady's were basking in the sunshine.
Erigeron (Fleabane) growing in the granite walls.
This garden was created within the ruins of an older building.
The pathway twisted and turned with brief views of the sea.
Speckled Wood butterflies were very common.
Just two of the many wild flowers that graced our walk.
During a rest stop we watched the stiff winged flight of Northern Fulmars using the updrafts around the rocky cliffs (but too far away for pictures).

17 comments:

  1. I enjoyed the trip..thanks for taking us along with the photos. I like the last one of the rocks in the surf.

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  2. many beautiful photos! Looks like a nice trip so far!

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  3. Frank...this place is gorgeous! I hope you continue to post from your trip. The water is such a lovely color looking down at the bay. Glad you're back. Missed your posts.

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  4. What a wonderful trip.Looks like you are definitely enjoying the trip.Nice images of a beautiful place.

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  5. What a beautiful place Frank. That first photo looks like a postcard! :c)

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  6. Hi Frank nice to have you back with us. Hope you had a great time, fantastic set of Images on display.
    Well done.
    John.

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  7. Wow Frank you had a fantastic R&R. I love the surprise that you and siblings pulled off for Mom & Dad. Your pictures are gorgeous!! Love the look and feel of Jersey Island Wow...so nice.

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  8. First shot of the bay looks beautiful Frank. I doubt I'd want to come home after seeing that.
    Good selection of birds, and Northern Fulmars; not seen them.
    You're right, those gardens do look special; and a garden in a ruin, like that idea.

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  9. Welcome back, Frank! And thanks for letting me go along on the trip vicariously. Very nice series of photos, as always.
    Mona

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  10. It looks a beautiful place Frank with some lovely images.

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  11. Welcome back! What a lovely-looking location! I agree with Jayne, that first photo does look like a postcard. The water (and the emptiness of the beach) looks sooooo inviting! And such beautiful flowers, you must have been in heaven.

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  12. Hi everyone. It was a great escape for a few days but always good to get home...although it wouldn't have taken much to persuade me to stay longer to walk more of the fabulous countryside away from the 'tourist' sites that A & I visited some 30 years ago.

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  13. What a lovely, lovely place Frank, all the photos are beautiful but the blue of the sea....!

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  14. Lovely scenery Frank. I think we did that climb when we visited in 1997. Its all a nice place to visit. Look forward to your subsequent posts on the subject.

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  15. Really beautiful photos. It's hard to pick a favorite so I'll just say all of them. Thanks for sharing them. I look forward to visiting again.

    Cindy

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  16. Jan. Thanks & there may be some more blue in Day 1 pm.

    Roy. Glad to bring back some memories for you. Hope you enjoy the mixture to come!

    Cindy. Welcome & thanks for joining the "Early Birder". I've just taken a quick peek & loved your photos.

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  17. Such a variety of photos to capture that walk.. delightful series. I love the gardens full of color and your pictures just sparkle with color and light..very nice!!

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